Diving into the Start of the Swimming Season

Penn Manor swimmers are making a splash as they have been preparing themselves for Tuesday’s meet against Ephrata.

The swim team will battle against Ephrata at 4 p.m. at Ephrata Rec Center, close to Ephrata high school, right behind the middle school.

“This is one that we have a chance,” said head coach Cece O’Day. “Often we go in knowing what’s going to happen.”

Penn Manor kicks off the swim season in a meet with Ephrata.

Tomorrow’s meet will be a surprise for both teams as they see for the first time how they do without their seniors from last year and what new freshman they have to compete against.

“We don’t know how our new swimmers are going to do,” said O’Day.

“I am counting on our upperclassmen,” said O’Day. “Sophmores are being counted as upperclassmen because we have so many freshman.”

The girl’s team has 29 girls, 19 of them freshman. This is a young team and many of them need to get through the first meet and see how everything goes and how the team works together t come out with a win, according to O’Day.

“Travis Wells, Cooper Lindsley and Steven Armstrong need to come through for us because our boys team is so small,” said O’Day.

The boys team consists of only 15 swimmers who need to swim several different events  at every meet to compete against the larger teams.

“It will be interesting,” said O’Day.

By Liz Lawrence