Just Keep Swimming

“They might not be the people you usually talk to but since you see each other every day you get really close and make close friendships with new people. The memories I made with the people on this team, I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.” – Kaavya Meegada, 12


Lillian Zhu, 10, emerges from the water to take a breath before diving back under.

Caroline Serpico, Bear Hub Staff

The EBHS Girls Swim Team had a remarkable 2020 season, finishing with an overall record of 7-2. The lady bears placed second in both the Red Division and at GMC’s – a victory they aim to maintain every year. They later went on to the semi-final round in the state sectional tournament. Their athleticism and fierce competitiveness are shaped by their Coach, Mr. Carney, and his passion to ensure everyone competes at their best to assure their success.

Coach Carney highlights one of the best moments of the girls’ season; the Old Bridge meet. “Even though we lost, the girls swam a great meet and had their best times all season.” The highly competitive nature during an EB swim meet is something that stands out to the girls when recalling their season. Kaavya Meegada, 12, adds “there were a lot of best times that day and the energy was very high. Everyone was cheering for each other and we felt good leaving the meet that day.”

The supportive and oftentimes intense energy among the team creates a strong bond between all its members, something many says will stick with them long after their time of the team is done. Rebecca Roberman, 12, expands on this saying “I was able to meet so many great people that I would not have known if it weren’t for the swim team. This team brings everyone so much closer together, and it’s such a great experience. I’ll remember these 4 years for the rest of my life.”

Both in and out of the water, the girl’s time on the swim team will be remembered as a period of support and growth by their peers, learning that the best thing to do is to just keep swimming.