When teams use the word “rebuilding” to describe the upcoming season, it’s likely likely not going to be competitive.
For the Bishop Ahr High School girls swim team, a rebuilding year is just a small obstacle to the perennial pool power.
“We graduated a huge team last year, 10 girls,” said head coach Amanda Miller. “It’s a rebuilding year for us. I do have some strong key swimmers returning, but there’s a lot of room for girls to step into lanes. We’re working hard. We’re looking for our fourth GMC title.”
The fourth title won’t come easy for Bishop Ahr, as they will face a slew of opponents looking to upend the powerhouse. Senior Danielle Fontaine believes her team can pull through.
“As a senior it isn’t tough being a leader because of all the positive energy our team has,” said Fontaine. “We try to maintain a positive atmosphere and we are dependent on everyone to play a part in our success.”
Alongside Fontaine, the Trojans can count on Katrina Kuhn, Jessica Schmidt and Alyssa D’Esposito to help after successful 2012 seasons, in which all were chosen to the All-Area teams.
“We are definitely working on rebuilding the team this year,” said Kuhn, “A lot of people are going to have to step out of their comfort zones to benefit the team.”
Despite this year being labeled as a rebuilding year, Miller believes that her team still has the ability to be very successful.
“It takes a team,” said Miller. “That’s one of the things I love about swimming … we’re competing at a team level and it’s different but it makes ever single swimmer important. Every person should be in the pool swimming their best.
“There is no ceiling for this year, you have to believe,” said Miller, “We sent six qualifiers to the Meet of Champions (last year) and we’d like to match that. It’s a higher expectation but if you don’t have high expectations, what do you have?”