Story By Griffin Hadley
The whistle blows and the swimmers climb up onto the the starting block. The starter tells them to take their mark, and seconds later the swimmers are soaring off the blocks into the pool. Most, if not all, swimmers love this feeling of competition, and at the Carmel Swim Club they are preparing for these types of moments every single day.
Championship season is the most important part of the season for swimmers and coaches at CSC, and everyone on the pool deck knows it. Meets like Age Group State and Divisionals are two of the big meets in championship season.
Age Group State is held on March 18 through 20 at the IUPUI Natatorium downtown Indianapolis and is for athletes 14 and under with state meet time standards.
Three swimmers in particular love the adrenalin rush that championship season brings.
Wyatt Davis, eighth grade, whose favorite events in swimming are the 100 and 200 backstroke, 500 freestyle, and 100 butterfly, is planning to increase resistance in his weight room training and to improve his threshold time in the pool.
Davis also said that his goals for Age Group State include breaking records in backstroke and winning his races.
"I like them [state team practices] because they bring the state team together, and we get to practice starts and turns which never practice," Davis also said.
Another swimmer who attends Clay is William Kok. Kok, seventh grade, who enjoys sprint freestyle, is planning on swimming the Divisional meet this championship season.
"I like the championship season because it brings out my best," said Kok. "It also brings out the best in all of my teammates." Kok also said that he is going to try to eat protein-based meals to help maximize training.
James Gastineau, seventh grade, whose favorite events swimming are the 100 butterfly and 200 breaststroke, is also planning on swimming the Divisionals. Gastineau plans on training hard and recovering well to try to excel in the championship season.
Davis said he likes championship season and being united as a team.
“It makes the meets more fun,” Davis said.
Championship season should be very exciting for Carmel Swim Club this year.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.