Hatchet swimmers kick off season with smallest team in over 20 years
For the Tomahawk Leader
TOMAHAWK – Although this year’s Hatchet swim team is the smallest in over 20 years, that isn’t stopping the athletes from working hard and maintaining positive attitudes.
“We have the smallest team ever in 23 years of swimming, but I would have to say we have the biggest hearts of any team,” said head coach Theresa Lesperance. “We won’t win a lot of meets, as we cannot fill a full roster. But we have seen some great times so far.”
Abby Jaecks has already set four personal records this season.
“She has set a goal of swimming the 500 to the best of her ability,” Lesperance stated.” She has taken more than 20 seconds off her best time from last year. Joanna Phillips is also working very hard in the pool. She set a personal best in the 100 this past week against Colby. I was extremely proud of her effort.”
Lesperance noted Seniors Julianna Skubal, Taya Johnson, and Karlie Woodall are very positive and encouraging to the team.
“Woodall has to practice at Mosinee, as this is the closest diving board, three times a week, plus swimming the other days,” she added.
“Sophomore Brynnen Stefan is practicing extremely well, she spent the off season lifting and is close to setting personal records every meet,” Lesperance said. “We have two new swimmers, Maddy List and AJ Schertz. Both have shown improvement.”