Intense practice schedule helps boys swim team towards goals


Jay Deegan

Varsity swimmer junior Sam Lendzion swims butterfly at a meet on Dec. 8. Central placed second out of 12 teams at the Sandburg Invitational on Jan. 14.

Stella Williams, Staff Writer

The Naperville Central boys swim team are currently in the middle of their season with a record of 4-2. The team placed second out of the 12 teams at the Sandburg Invitational meet on Jan. 14. 

The team initially set the goal of just coming to practice and working hard.

“I would say our goals [now] are to swim fast at the end of the year,” Head coach Mike Adams said. “I think if we do that, everything will take care of itself,” 

These goals could only be achieved through dedication, attendance and effort, all important aspects of the team.  

“You have to be here,” senior Mathew Johnson said. “You can’t improve if you’re not at practices and being at morning practices is super important,” 

Throughout the season, some athletes have experienced injuries which have set them back. Despite this, the team continues to push themselves and each other to perform at their best level and “keep their eyes on the prize,” junior Patrick Stern said. 

Due to the team’s success so far, Coach Adams and the team are looking to send as many athletes to state as possible.

“[My] number one goal is to make state, maybe in an individual [race] or relay, and then probably just to see these guys [at state] themselves,” Johnson said.