An inside look: In the pool

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An inside look: In the pool

The swim team cheers for a fellow swimmer at the Strawberry Crest meet. (Photo by Ivy Bennet-Ford)

The swim team cheers for a fellow swimmer at the Strawberry Crest meet. (Photo by Ivy Bennet-Ford)

Ivy Bennett-Ford

The swim team cheers for a fellow swimmer at the Strawberry Crest meet. (Photo by Ivy Bennet-Ford)

Ivy Bennett-Ford

Ivy Bennett-Ford

The swim team cheers for a fellow swimmer at the Strawberry Crest meet. (Photo by Ivy Bennet-Ford)

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It started with a rain. It ended the same way. After Hillsborough’s swim and dive team won against Strawberry Crest, they celebrated by climbing on a pirate ship-like fixture in the shallow end of Copeland Pool. In seconds, the rain that had threatened for the last hour of the meet came down with a vengeance.
The team dove into the year with three meets in quick succession, two at Copeland and City Relays.
At this particular meet, the night’s roster was released at six, while the spaghetti dinner was still going on at junior captain Teresa Chorvat’s house.
“These spaghetti dinners make the world go round,” said sophomore member Thomas Liu. The team dined on pasta, watermelon, strawberries and soda.
Once the 40-odd members of the swim team are present at the host house, the senior captains address them.
One captain, Kristine Lee, called the swimmers to order from the front of Chorvat’s house.
“Swim team, assemble,” she said with a business-like attitude. Lee reminded everyone of the golden rule for spaghetti dinners: “be respectful of your host’s house.”
Once that detail is taken care of, the swimmers are released to eat and play games. “It’s more about the team than the sport,” Lee said.
“The team is definitely closer than last year,” said senior swim captain Andy Paloumpis. “They’re bonding.”

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