Northside Makes a Splash at U-High
by Kimberly Grabiec
For years, the Northside girls swim team have competed at an elite level, and this year is no different. Because the team started the season with a loss against Niles West and a win against Von Steuben, the meet against University High School would be an important one.
The team had no idea what to expect going into the meet against U-High, as this was their first ever matchup. Led by captains Olivia Borawski, Adv 903, Joanne Phan, Adv 806, and Ruby Massey, Adv 805, the varsity team came in with confidence, believing that their hard work would pay off. The girls’ desire to win, demonstrated through their multiple practices a day, makes them strong competitors. Borawski, asked whether the team can replicate last year’s success, said, “I expect this year to be a lot like last year.”
The meet itself was full of energy, as the fans were cheering the entire time. This level of excitement made it hard not to be thrilled every time a Northside swimmer took the lead in her race. One of the most memorable moments was in the 100m breaststroke, where Borawski took the lead at the very end of the race. The celebration from her teammates was amplified more than usual, as the cheers echoed around the pool.
Overall, the meet against U-High ended in mixed emotions, as the junior varsity came away with a win, but the varsity team lost. However, because many individual events contributed to the final score, the loss did not phase the varsity swimmers. Following the meet, Edina Hadzic, Adv 905, said, “The team only plans to come out stronger and practice harder in order to make up for the loss.” She continued by saying, “I am excited to put the hard work into practice, and to see the results in me and my teammates.”
The JV victory suggests a promising future for the Northside swim team, even after the outstanding seniors graduate. When discussing the future of the team, Borawski said, “Although I will be extremely sad to see the seniors go, I am excited to see what direction the team will take in the future.” Luckily, the team is only halfway through the 2017 season, leaving plenty of time for the seniors to go out on a strong note. As for the rest of the team, they, too, still have another half of a season to focus on improving.