by MOLLY GRUBER '23
Take your mark…go! This is the sound that inspires swimmers across the globe and especially at Saint Ursula to get up and race. The Aquadawgs have been working tirelessly since Halloween when tryouts were held and the team established. Swimming is one of the most underrated and exceptional sports we have here at SUA. Not only are the aquadawgs competitive each year, but the bond this team creates between girls of all grade levels is unmatched.
Now, all their hard work is ready to be cashed in during competition this championship season. The Dawgs have swum a historic season, beginning first with an undefeated regular meet schedule. The team swam in countless dual meets where they competed against fierce competitors like Sycamore, Ursuline, Turpin, and many others. But, when the biggest meets thus far presented themselves, the girls stepped up even more and brought home the win.
Among these impressive wins is a first place trophy from the all team travel meet to Louisville known as Girls Night Out. This all girls meet gathers teams from the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas to compete. This was the first time Saint Ursula brought home the trophy since 2015.
In addition, the team traveled to Miami in early January where they swam in one of the biggest meets in the country, Coaches Classics. This meet had over six sites for the girls in the region to compete in for a chance to participate in finals at night. Because of an outstanding performance on both Saturday and Sunday morning at Miami, the Dawgs had a large number of girls that were able to compete in finals. Saint Ursula won the girls division of Classics with two winning relays, and both freshman Addie Robillard and sophomore Natalie Gockerman bringing home individual event victories as well. These were just a few of the best moments of the year thus far, but for this team it is just beginning.
As we peer into the championship season, it is obvious that this team will take a shot to win it all this year at state. The girls competed at Sectionals this past weekend where they qualified multiple individuals in each event and 3 relays.. Many of the members of the team also swam at The Fred Cooper invitational where they swam exceptionally well and earned many best times. Districts in Miami are this coming Saturday. Here, the top 32 swimmers from the sectional meet around Cincinnati will compete for a chance to swim at state. The state meet will be held in Canton, Ohio and as an SUA community we must rally around our swimmers and cheer them on, on the road to state!
Come support the aquadawg at the following meets to finish out the year: State in Canton on the weekend of February 25, 26, and 27th.