The Lynn swim team recently began its season, officially wrapping up weeks of intense preparations in both the pool and gym.
To ready themselves for the season, team members have engaged in impact training three times per week, spin classes at the local YMCA and extensive cardio and weight training at FTX Wellness in Boca. These workouts focused on explosive power and heavy weights to aid the team in the pool.
“Our coaches have been training us hard with a purpose,” said Sara Hughes, senior. “We all know working on those finer details will really help us in the season and give us an edge on our opponent.”
With some competitions beginning prior to the opening matches of the season, numerous members of the swim team already have had valuable practice sessions. For example, junior Catalina Berraud-Galea posted a personal-best 5k open water time to place sixth at the Third Annual College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Collegiate Open Water Championship late last September.
Losing a large number of its team to graduation in May, the reinvented team of swimmers has some big suits to fill. However, those who returned believe in the first-year students and feel they can hold up the team’s standard of excellence.
“We have both quantity and quality in our newcomers,” said Berraud-Galea. “If we focus and work hard enough to match our preseason preparation, the Lynn swim team will be the best it has ever been.”
To match up with its biggest rival Saint Leo, the Lynn swim team knows it needs an abundance of professional growth throughout the season. With its most recent matchup last season ending in a narrow loss, the women are also aware how close they are to reaching their ultimate goals.
With the season now underway, students can follow all of the women’s swim team action on lynnfightingknights.com.