The Waverly Middle School swim team had an excellent showing at the Capital Area Activities Conference meet.
Waverly’s team consists of 17 swimmers in the fifth-eight grades, though CAAC meet rules only allow sixth through eighth graders to compete in the conference meet.
The Waverly Boys: Zane Amante, Jaden Coe, Robbie Estill, Bryson Hill, Aedan Jager, Neils Lashbrook, Alex Rodriguez, and Joe Wright, placed fourth overall, only one point behind the much larger team from Holt.
The Lady Warriors only had three swimmers in the meet: Rita El Jbeily, Nya Knox, and Marie Kohrman. With the small size of the team, the girls team couldn’t enter as many events, or take as many places, but still managed to out score the much larger East Lansing team by nearly twice their score.
“The way that championship meets are scored emphasizes quality over quantity and this is exactly what our team exemplifies best,” said Head Coach Brandon Sartele. “Our swimmers showed up ready to compete and as a result ended up on the podium more times than not allowing us to outscore teams that were much larger than us. We wanted to make a statement to the Capital Area Activities Conference and I think we did just that.”
The Middle School swimmers had excellent personal performances in the meet. Amante, Lashbrook, and Wright all medaled in all four of their events, Jager, earned three medals, El Jbeily, Estill, and Hill won two medals, and Coe and Kohrman each earning one medal.
All of the Waverly medalists swam state meet qualifying times. The team’s newest members, Nya Knox and Alex Rodriguez had great personal performances, but even more importantly showed great team spirit and sportsmanship.
“Alex and Nya did a wonderful job cheering on their teammates, and are a tremendous asset to the team,” said Coach Brandon, “They are great kids and are becoming amazing swimmers.”
Of the team’s performance, Sartele said, “The team as a whole swam so well because they stuck to their training…They supported one another and came together as a team showing both resilience and spirit. I think I speak for the entire Waverly coaching staff when I say that we couldn’t be more proud to coach this team and to watch them achieve their goals.”