Girl’s Swim ready to dive right into another successful season

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Senior Fiona Misiura competes in the 100 fly in the meet against Notre Dame on Dec. 7, 2017

   After an impressive season last year, the girls swim team is already off to an impressive start. The team currently has a 6-1 record, including a win against rival Notre Dame on Dec. 7, 2017.

  Many of the strong swimmers from last season have returned this year. One of these returning swimmers is senior Fiona Misiura, who currently holds the Hightstown record for the 100 Butterfly.

  “It was really cool to get the Butterfly record last year,” Misiura said. “I had been trying to get it since freshman year and it finally happened at MCTs.”

  According to junior Brynn Peterson, the amount of returning swimmers is helpful because the team has a great set of experienced leaders who are helping freshman and new swimmers adjust to high school swimming.

  “With the great core of swimmers we have, I think we’re going to have a great season,” says Peterson.

   Misiura agrees that the returning swimmers are an important asset to the team.

   “A lot of the returning girls are really stepping up to the plate this year and it’s really helped us a lot at meets,” says Misiura.

  A number of notable swimmers from last season have graduated, but Peterson does not think that this will be detrimental to the team.

  “We lost some really great seniors last year which hurt us in some areas of our lineup, but all of the freshmen have stepped up and tried to fill their spots,” says Peterson. “The graduated seniors were a big part of our team last year, so of course it’s going to be hard to fill their shoes, but we’re doing really well so far.”

  Misiura agrees that at first, losing seniors was “worrying especially to our freestyle events, since most of our seniors are freestylers. But this year’s team is doing really well, even though we lost a lot of people last year, and we’re succeeding in events that we don’t normally succeed in.”

  This season, the girls’ swim team gained some new young talent, including freshman Lara Pavlovic. Pavlovic has started off her first season at Hightstown in an impressive fashion, with first place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke in the meet against Notre Dame. Additionally, Pavlovic contributed to a win in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay at the same meet.

  Pavlovic notes that competing as a freshman has been a positive experience overall.

  “My older teammates have made me feel welcome, and they push me to do my best at meets,” says Pavlovic. “Plus, I know a lot of them already from club swimming so it’s not a huge adjustment from before.”

  On both a personal and team level, the goal for this season is to improve.

  According to Peterson, the team is focused on making it to States again, get passed the second round, and try to place higher at MCT’s. Some of Peterson’s personal goals include breaking her personal records and place higher in her individual races at MCT’s.

  Misiura has even bigger dreams for the team.

  “I would like for the team to win MCTs this year,” Misiura said. “We got second last year and I really think we can place first this year, especially with the team we have.”

  In her first season, Pavlovic wants to “improve her 200 IM time and get an HHS record.”

  Overall, the girls’ swim team seems to be set up for another successful season.

  “This year’s team is very enthusiastic and excited about the meets which is great,” Misiura says. “It’s going to be a good season.”