Parents, students and swimmers of Cooper City High School were ecstatic after the first swim meet of the year. On Wednesday, August 31, at South Broward High School, the Cowboys came out on top against South Broward and West Broward, with both the girls team and the boys team taking home first place.
After training for two weeks, preparing and getting to know each other, the Cowboys showed up at the meet with a determined mindset of winning. As soon as the Cowboys hit the water for their first event, which was for both the boys and girls teams, they dominated the 200 medley relay race. The Cowboys started off the meet strong, quickly taking the lead.
Although swimming might be an “individual” sport, the team still wins as one. This year, the Cooper City swimming and diving team welcomed many new members, many of whom are a part of club teams. With the more experienced swimmers, the team can work hard together in practice and better prepare for meets, pushing the team to overall success.
“We now have two new divers on the team this year, which is a first,” junior Kathleen Golding said. “They really helped out the team by getting us those extra points and competition.”
This meet against South Broward and West Broward was a powerful start to the Cowboy season, with many people already striving to do their best and reaching some of their best times. Kathleen Golding won every event she was in, and many of her teammates placed second and third. Along with Kathleen, Molly Golding had a time of 1:02 in the 100 freestyle race. The boys had a taste of victory as well, winning the 200 freestyle relay with a best time of 1:31. Remaining in a solid lead, the boys and girls once again placed first together, but this time in the 400 freestyle relay.
“With such good races in the first meet, I’m looking forward to the rest of this season and going even faster in the championships later this year,” senior Heath Brames said.
With such a positive start to the new season, it is clear that bringing in new strengths and putting in hard work has already impacted the team and generated excitement among its members. The team hopes to have many swimmers make it to states this year. Overall, this meet was a success for the Cowboys and seemed to give them an even better perspective of what they need to do in order to reach their goals.
Photoby Sabrine Brismeur