By: Bridget Guinee
With returning swimmers, a variety of new faces, and two WPIAL qualifiers, the Seton-La Salle Swim and Dive team has certainly made a splash this season. Mason Beauregard, ‘21, has qualified in five individual events: 200m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, and 100m Backstroke. Junior Taylor Weyrich has also qualified in the diving event.
Having three swim meets left for the Rebels, coach Mrs. DiPietro-Guthoerl (Ms. D) is looking for even more swimmers to qualify. When asked who might join Beauregard and Weyrich at WPIALs, Miss D said, “Faith Kisker (‘19) in the 100m Butterfly, and we’re hoping for 200m Freestyle girls relay and 200m Freestyle boys relay as well.”
Comparing this year’s team to last year, the number of swimmers has doubled from eight total members to seventeen. In addition, the swim team expanded to include three new divers. This year consists of “a very young team,” according to Ms. D, but having these young and new team members has proven to be beneficial.
Despite age differences and varying levels of experience, the swim team is closer than ever. Every swimmer interviewed said that the best part about being on the team isn’t the totaled points on the scoreboard at the conclusion of a meet, but the family dynamic they have with each other. Patrick Guinee, ‘22, is one of the new swimmers, and speaks very highly of joining the team. “I like [being a part of the swim team] because I’ve become friends with everyone on the team, and it’s just a good group of people.”
Sarah Farnan, a senior, agrees. “The people on this team are so genuine and so nice, and just great people.”
Sean Maxwell, ‘19, joined the swim team having no prior experience swimming. Nevertheless, he has no regrets and is enjoying his first season. “[The swim team] is fantastic. I did swim because I wanted to work hard and have fun, and that is precisely what has happened.”
Even Ms. D agrees that the members of the swim team are the best part about being the coach. “Being able to go to practice every night, that’s my stress reliever. We have a good time, we laugh, we carry on, and we talk about the day.”
The 2019 swim season has been full of successes. Creating an expanded team to achieve WPIAL-qualifying times, there is no denying that Ms. D and the swimmers alike have much of which to be proud. However, being on the swim team is more than that. The support given and friendships developed throughout the team is what makes swimming so special. The swimmers’ mutual love and respect for each other has made their victories taste even sweeter.