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Viking Magazine

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Girls Swim and Dive Season Recap

Following a strong season, the girls look forward to next year.
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Freshman Sabrina Meyers swims the 100 freestyle. Photo by Grace Gormley.

This was a strong season for the Paly girls swim and dive team. The team won every dual meet, and then finished off the regular season with a first place win in SCVAL League. 

At CCS, the girls improved their standing, winning second place, bumped up from third last year. 

“It was really cool to go undefeated as a team for two years in a row,” senior diver Alena Lotterer said. “I’m really happy to have contributed a lot more this year since coming back from and injury and not getting to participate much last year.”

Lotterer, a D1 recruited diver (to University of Virginia, the number one swim and dive team in the nation), won first in every dual meet, and was reminded of the fun culture of school swimming. 

“It was such a lovely last year on high school swim and dive, since high school has a different and fun dynamic compared to club, and it made me excited to compete on a similar team in college,” she said.

Coach Danny Dye and diving coach Megan Parker worked to support their athletes to the fullest.

[Coaches] Danny and Megan have been really supportive of me coming off my injury,” Lotterer said. “There were times when I didn’t perform as I wanted and they helped support me and remind me that I just need to have fun and focus on my recovery.” 

The team saw many new freshmen join and each of them put up strong performances throughout leagues and into CCS. In a historic number, nearly the entire team qualified for CCS, which every freshman qualifying. Senior captain Brooke Hudacek is hopeful for strong performances in the future. 

“The best part about the team this year, above even our strong showing at leagues and CCS, is how young the team is,” Hudacek said. “We have so many freshmen and only three graduating seniors, so they’re going to be strong for a long time.” 

Coach Danny Dye feels the team did a stellar job this year. 

“It was a fantastic year, and the team was a true joy not only to coach, but watch grow together as a team, and recognize how to push themselves to be better athletes as well as people,” he said. 

Following this strong year, the team will only continue to grow and get stronger. 

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Grace Gormley
Grace Gormley, Editor-in-Chief
Hi! I'm Grace, Editor-in-Chief for Viking's 2023-2024 school year. I am a four-year member of the Paly varsity swim team, and I also played water polo for Paly as well. I also am on the  Speech and Debate team and president of Best Buddies club. Fun Fact: I'm the third Gormley sibling on Viking!

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