Diving into this swim season, there are only four swimmers from Fairbury to join the BNFF team. As for two of those swimmers they’re returning state qualifiers, Mikasa Lierman ‘19 and Colton Starck ‘19. Lierman qualified in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Starck qualified in the 200 freestyle relay. They were the first Fairbury swimmers to qualify for the state meet in three years.
There will be 49 swimmers to begin with this season. Nine returning state qualifiers from the BNFF team. With that in mind, head swimming and diving coach Mariam Wallen has high expectations.
“We hope to get as many swimmers and divers as we can to state, and if not, then just hope to improve everyone else,” Wallen said.
Swimming is a great sport to use for conditioning for any other sport. Since it’s easy on your joints and uses every muscle in your body. Not only is a person working out, but they’re holding their breath as well.
“I hope to get more in shape and shave off some of my times from last year,” RJ Suey ‘19 said.
But, practices are looking a little bit more different this year, instead of just staying in the water consistently.
“There will be one lane out, so that way we give our divers an open lane. So we’ll start with one lane to go and do dryland, then have them come back and we’ll pull out another lane,” Wallen said.
Some swimmers look to condition, but also look for fun during the cold winter season. Swimmers can make some lifelong friends and amazing teammates.
“My favorite thing about swim team is meeting new people and being with my friends, it’s basically my main reason for joining the team,” Suey said.
Many inside jokes can be found amongst these athletes. Between laughs and good times with their friends and swimmates, these athletes hope to finish better than the started. The BNFF swim team kicks off their season on Thursday at 4:30, Dec. 1 against Lincoln Northeast.