Swim and Dive team to compete in mid-season meet


Photo by Sarosh Ismail

Freshman Nigel Duplessis practices the breaststroke during morning swim practice at the Eastside Aquatic Center. The team practices every day at 6:15 a.m. starting with dryland workouts.

The swim and dive team will compete in a mid-season meet at the LISD Eastside Aquatic Center on Nov. 21 at 10 a.m.

“We’ve been getting race ready this week before the swim meet on the 21st, but the real preparations have started since the season started,” junior Amber Du said. “That involves the dryland workouts and everything we do in the pool, working on things like endurance, speed and technique.”

Due to COVID-19, the team has had a limited number of big meets, so this meet will help assess their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to swimming techniques. 

“The midseason meet really tests our swimmers,” head coach Donzie Lilly said. “We really get to see how well they are doing halfway through the season. It is a good way to evaluate the training and if the team is taking the necessary steps to be successful.”

Practice started in August and the team has been working on power, speed and endurance cycles to prepare for meets.

“Right now, we’re doing pretty good as a team and we’ve won some dual meets,” Du said. “I think a lot of us are dropping time because we have been training really hard every day, and those of us that were training before quarantine are back in shape now.”

The team takes two weeks to properly prepare for the mid-season meet. Since they have reached mid-season, they will be preparing for the district and region meets.

“We started preparations a couple of days ago,” Lilly said. “We have been focusing on speed training by easing it down in the weight room. As we get into the next few days of training, we will be working on dryland activities and more high-intensity swim sets which allow the swimmers to prepare more.”