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The Legacy Continues: SHHS Girls’ Swim

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Since winning the NVL championship in 2013 for the first time in over sixty seasons, the swimmers of the Sacred Heart girls’ swimming team have been on a quest to become a Waterbury area dynasty. This past 2015 season was the most challenging season to date for the Sacred Heart girl swimmers who had to pull together to fill gaps left by graduated senior members.

Going into the season, the girls were mentally prepared to work harder to improve their skills and to become physically dominant in the NVL. With the guidance of head coach, Butch Savage, and assistant coaches, Lindsey Osborn and Ray Snyder III, along with the leadership of senior captains Kiersten Snyder, Alizabeth Sullivan, and Sunshine Drysdale, the Sacred Heart team prepared for the onslaught of competitors who were anxious to bring the Hearts defeat. However, the  girl swimmers maintained a record of 14-1, falling only to Seymour in a dual meet. Losing to Seymour by only a few points in the middle of the season provided the motivation that the girls needed to come back stronger than ever at NVL’s and to become the first girls’ team in the history of the Naugatuck Valley League to win three consecutive NVL titles. When asked about the season, captain Liz Sullivan said, “This season was really bittersweet, I’m not ready for the season to be over yet. I was really happy with our NVL title, after it was so scary to think that we wouldn’t get it.” After winning the 2015 NVL championship, the girls went on to compete at State Trials held at Plainville High School and then to compete at State Finals at Wesleyan University. At the state championship, the Sacred Heart girl swimmers had a strong showing, finishing third overall in Class S for the second year in a row.  Junior Erin Brown broke the minute mark in the 100 yard backstroke to finish second overall in that event; she will be representing Sacred Heart at Opens at Yale over the weekend of  November 21st.

The team, the coaches, and the fans of Sacred Heart Swimming and Diving would like to thank all of the senior girl swimmers for their four years of dedication and effort: Briana Montamboult, Madison Lafferiere, Kiersten Snyder, Alizabeth Sullivan, Jessica Spillane, and Sunshine Drysdale. As the 2015 season draws to a close, the Sacred Heart girl swimmers are anxiously looking awaiting next season to dive back in and continue the legacy of Sacred Heart girls swimming.

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The Legacy Continues: SHHS Girls’ Swim