Palmview High School’s swimming team participated in a competition against Nikki Rowe. This event took place on January 14, 2017 at the Nikki Rowe’s natatorium.
The meet consisted of different events such as the freestyle, 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 500 meters, and backstrokes. The members have the opportunity to decide what event they are strongest in to compete.
“There’s a certain gratification when you finish a 500 meter and look up at the time board exhausted and see you got a faster time. It just shows that hard work and determination pays off in the end,” said Juan Perez.
Swimming is an individual sport and the swimmers are judged and ranked by the time they spend in the water. The swimmers practice several days out of the week and it definitely shows in their results from the meets.
“I started off my freshman year and didn’t know much about swimming,” said Ashley Romero. “I wasn’t able to complete in the 25 meter race when I started, but as a senior, I am able to compete and swim in various events now.”
Romero said due to not being able to practice she hasn’t noticed much improvement with her timings. Although, Romero realized that in comparison to freshman year, she is able to compete in more events.
“In every meet, the biggest enemy and challenge is your own limits and by pushing myself every time, that’s how you go beyond,” said Juan Perez.
By overcoming their obstacles and pushing their limits, the members are able to drop a few seconds from their previous records and advancing to the next meet. They practice as much as they possibly can in hopes that they will exceed their previous score.
The students use this meet to prepare for the upcoming district meet.