Swim and dive preps for postseason

Aiden Lu, Staff Writer

The Naperville Central’s girls swim and dive season is preparing for the upcoming postseason competitions after a successful regular season.
The girls have a record of 5-2 in matches, while also placing well at each of the seven tournaments they’ve attended this year.
Varsity swimmer senior Adelaide Fleming attributes the team’s success to the consistent hard work the girls put in every day.
“We practice at five in the morning. We practice for two hours after school. We lift weights for an hour,” Fleming said. “I feel like it’s well deserved.”
Head coach Mike Adams, finishing his tenth year as head coach, trusts that the work put in will pay off in the final competitions of the season.
“Our goal is to do well at the end of the year,” Adams said. “We have DVC, and then we have sectionals and state. It’s all building toward the end of the year.”
Beyond results, Adams believes certain values are developed and celebrated within the swim team’s cultures.
“You’re here for your teammates, and you won’t let your teammate down,” Adams said. “We have people who are not the fastest swimmers, but they haven’t missed a practice all season. That value goes beyond swimming.”
Although the training is difficult, Fleming thinks the swim team’s culture makes the sport enjoyable and worth the effort.
“It’s so fun to go after school and all your friends are there,” Fleming said. “I’ve met all my best friends on swim. Why would I stop?”
The team next competes at Neuqua Valley at IHSA sectionals on Nov. 5.