Swim Team Aims to Clear Rough Waters

The Pythons only hope to improve after their first meet of the season.
The Pythons only hope to improve after their first meet of the season.
Courtesy of Nat Hamrick

The Pythons are diving into another season of exciting swimming competition. The team, led by co-captains Maia Pope ’24 and Nat Hamrick ’24, took part in their first meet on Friday, Oct. 27. They had an admittedly rough first competition in the water, but through more training and hard work, they are hoping to bounce back and have a successful rest of the season.

Under the encouraging leadership of Head Coach Tom Jurczak, the swimmers are anticipating the opportunity to build off of the impressive performances they were able to achieve last year. These accolades included an abundance of podium finishes, several of which were earned by Liam McCarthy ’24, who is entering his senior season and has been a crucial component to the Pythons’ success in recent years. 

“The team is really looking forward to the upcoming season,” says Ben McCarthy ’26. The Pythons are practicing four days each school week in order to get in as much practice and preparation as possible. The team as a whole is especially excited about the many talented swimmers joining them in the water for the first time. With energy and hard work, the swimmers are hoping to achieve more podium finishes for Paideia. 

Some of the upcoming meets that the Pythons will be participating in include meets at Tucker on Nov. 14, St. Francis on Nov. 28, and Chamblee on Dec. 9. 

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