Freestyling Through the Season: An Inside Look Into Swim

Starting off small, the Tiger Swim Team has grown over the years into not only a district championship contender, but a contender for a State Championship as well.

Sophmore Grace Lee turns at the AISD meet
on November 15. Photo by Nichol Lee.

“It’s gotten bigger throughout the years which is good because more and more people like it and everyone treats each other nice it’s kind of like a family,” said four year varsity swimmer Danny Henry.

Currently this years swim team has a total of 68 swimmers and 6 divers to compete for a spot to swim at district.

“You can only take about 45 to the district meet so there are a lot of kids that don’t make district this year and they still swim anyway,” Head Coach Andrea McCarthy said, “I don’t really consider them JV because during the season all that changes, like somebody will get a little faster and then they will qualify for a meet, and somebody beats them so they qualify for the next meet.”

The swim team has competed at some large swim meets in which they have emerged victorious. For example the TISCA swim meet, which stands for the Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, was on November 8th and both the boys and girls varsity won, the boys winning by 52 points and the girls winning by 235.5 points.

A swimmer splashes through backstroke at the AISD
meet on November 15. Photo by Nichol Lee.

“TISCA was a new and fun experience for me. I really enjoy meeting new swimmers through high school swimming and seeing some familiar faces from club swim at high school meets,” sophmore varsity swimmer Savannah Karas said.

The TISCA meet however was not the only large meet the swim team will have this season. 

“The big meet of the fall, beside the TISCA meet, [this friday] is called the AISD invitational, Austin ISD puts this one on and it’s a huge meet and schools come 5A and 6A schools come from all over the state,” McCarthy said.

When asked to describe this years swim team, Coach McCarthy replied with a single word “determined”.

“There are a lot of kids that really are having to put a lot of effort into it, we have great swimmers this year, our freshman class is unbelievable,” McCarthy said.

In order to be on the swim team it is required to come to four practices a week and many of the Tiger swimmers swim multiple times a day as they swim both for the school and for a club.

“That’s really challenging with my swim club that I have, I swim sometimes three times a day and six days a week so it’s a lot of swimming,” Karas said.

Once district starts in January, the swim team will be competing for a spot as the top six in each event will move on to regionals and the top two at regionals will move on to state.

“I love representing my school,” Henry said, “especially when I place in an event I get to say that I’m from Dripping Springs.”


By Grey Patterson, Staff Writer

Featured photo by Nichol Lee

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