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Boys Swim Team Progresses To Sectionals, Has Fun Doing It

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Corinna Winkler
Swimmer competing in the meet on Dec. 28.

The boys swim team placed third out of five teams competing at the Swim for HOPE Invite on Saturday, Jan. 20.

First and second place were taken by O’Fallon and Springfield with the scores of 431 and 362 respectively, with Edwardsville following up with a total score of 333.

While this placement may not seem like a win for Edwardsville, the focus for the meet was not to take home any medals, but to gain experience in areas the swimmers rarely get to explore.

Coach Christian Rhoten intentionally put the EHS swimmers in only the 50-yard and 100-yard races, which the swimmers rarely get to do. 

“I would definitely say that it took pressure off of me to perform,” said senior Cohen Osborn. “We did events that didn’t hold any real weight so it was just for fun.”

Even with this lack of expertise, EHS swimmers took the top three places in the 50-yard freestyles. Osborn won with 22.24, Eddie Meyers placed second at 22.43 and Austin Norcio placed third with 22.70.

These wins were particularly impressive because of the smaller number of swimmers on the team compared to years past.

“This year, because of the smaller number of swimmers, it has been a little harder to fill events,” Osborn said. “We’ve lost a lot of the depth we had in previous years, but it hasn’t stopped us.”

This meet was particularly special for Edwardsville as it took place at their home pool and worked as a fundraiser for Allison’s HOPE, named after the founder, Allison Cassens.

Cassens was an Edwardsville native who swam at the Olympic level, and lost her life to cancer at a young age. Now, a meet has been held in her honor every year since 2004, and it works to raise money for cancer research in the effort to find a cure.

As the team progresses on to sectionals, there is hope to perform well, but to have fun while doing it.

“I think that sectionals will be extremely fun this year,” Osborn said. “With it being my senior year, I’m excited to see how the team and myself perform.”

About the Contributor
Sydney Andrews, Staff Writer
Sydney Andrews is a senior and a first-year journalism student. She is an officer for National English Honors Society, the president of Tri-m Music Honors Society and is a member of NHS and Spanish Honors Society. She is also very involved in EHS Drama Club and loves to read in her spare time (not that there is much of that). She plans to pursue a career in law but has always taken an interest in journalism and hopes that it will help better her writing skills this year.