Englewood girls swimming coach Tracy Lonn said while the Pirates are basically a young team this season, the good news is there are more swimmers on the roster this year. “We have 16 girls on the …
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Englewood girls swimming coach Tracy Lonn said while the Pirates are basically a young team this season, the good news is there are more swimmers on the roster this year.
“We have 16 girls on the roster and the best turnout we have had for swimming in the last three years. The last couple years I could fit the whole team in my car,” the coach said. “I guess just more girls decided being on a swim team is fun. Most of our girls are freshmen and sophomores. That can be good for the team if all of them stick with us.”
Lonn said she likes coaching swimming, and she stuck with it during the years when there were only a few swimmers because she looked ahead and knew there were young athletes swimming with area clubs who had said they would join the Pirates when they got to high school.
Englewood High School has no pool, so the team practices at the Englewood Recreation Center.
“We get 90 minutes of pool time a day, which allows our girls to swim about 2,000 meters,” the coach said. “We are grateful to the rec center for giving us pool time. I wish our girls had more time in the water because they really need to be swimming about 3,000 meters a day to give us time to work on stroke development and building stamina.”
The Pirates are road warriors, as they have no home meets.
“Every team likes to swim home meets so their friends can come see them compete. We don't have a home meet, so to see us the fans have to go on the road with us,” Lonn said. “I think girls join our team because they discover swimming is fun. I also know some girls join us who play sports in the fall and spring, so swimming is a way to stay in good physical condition and to build muscles and endurance so they are ready to play soccer or run track in the spring.”
She said the young team is working hard and improving. Paige Lincoln-Rohlfing, a junior team captain, agreed and she said for her swimming is a transition sport between volleyball in the fall and soccer in the spring.
“Swimming is a transition sport for me, but I love it and take a lot of pride in my swimming,” she said. “Yes, you are competing against swimmers in the other lanes but I think the sport also is about pushing yourself, not only to finish well in the event but to improve your times every time you compete.”
Lincoln-Rohlfing swims freestyle and competes in the 200-meter freestyle and the 500-meter freestyle. In the first meet of the season she finished 10th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 4:04.48 and seventh in the 500 with a time of 11:45.50.
“The 500 takes a long time and I have been asked what I think about when I am swimming that event,” she said. “When I swim the 500, the two songs most often going through my head are `Row, Row Your Boat' and `Another One Bites the Dust.' `Row, Row Your Boat' sort of helps me set my pace.”
The junior said she plans to go to college and would like to play soccer, swim or both in college. She said when she goes to college she isn't sure of the exact major, but knows it will be associated with the medical field.
“Ever since I was young I felt a need to help people, and the human body has always fascinated me,” she said. “So I feel the best career I can look at is in the medical field.”
The Pirates swam in their first meet Nov. 28 against Manitou Springs and La Junta. The Pirates finished third in the team standing. Individually, Naomi Lumban-Gaol finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle and fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke. The Pirates 400-meter freestyle relay team also scored team points by posting a fourth-place finish.
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