By Deonta Watson-Gray
On Friday, September 16th, the MSB boys swim team competed in a dual meet against Hazelwood East. The bulldogs were very determined to win this meet since they finished second the day before against Ritenour. Alex-za Jelks, one of the teams breaststroke swimmers, told me “they believe that every swim meet is winnable no matter who they are swimming against. They just have to give their all and work hard.” Determined to win, each swimmer on the team gave their all and tried their best to overcome the Hazelwood East swimmers, but at the end of the meet Hazelwood East left with the victory. After asking Aurelias Davis, The bulldogs fastest swimmer in the 100m breaststroke, how he felt about the lost he stated, “it’s hard to take a loss like this when you know you gave your all and worked as hard as you could but still came up short as a team. We just have to practice harder to get better.” Although the swim team loss they continue to grow every meet. They currently hold MSB records in the 100m Fly, 100m free, 100m breast, and the 200m. This just shows the determination of these swimmers. The MSB swim team is also filled with seniors. Over half of the team consists of seniors and they plan to end the season with a memorable year. Austin Portis is currently the Bulldogs fastest 100m fly swimmer. After asking the senior swimmer of 4 years how he felt about this season and how he feels, he stated that he, along with the team, has grown over the years he said, “I feel this season is going well. We might have come in second place two meets in a row, but the team is looking as strong as ever and we work hard every day to continue to grow. Since my freshman year I have improved greatly. Going from one of the slower swimmers my freshman year to one of the fastest. As of the team, we grow day by day and definitely have grown since freshman year.”
It’s clear that the team plans to win a lot this year and make sure the seniors have a great memorable season. When I asked a couple of the underclassmen that are apart of the swim team how they will feel after this season and what effect does the seniors have on the team they stated, “we will feel empty after this season because the seniors mean so much to this team. They keep us motivated. All we can do is continue to do what we can next season to make sure we keep their presence alive out there. Each senior brings their own personality and individuality to the team. Therefore each of us will need to step up and take over each of their roles.” The underclassmen have some big shoes to fill when the seniors leave, along with a great reputation. Over the years the MSB boys swimming team has grown greatly and is continuing to grow. These group of young men continue to swim and work hard to try to win each meet. They have inspired many people to come out and swim. Such as Christopher Robinson, a first year swimmer and also a Sophomore said, “I went to a swim meet as a freshman and enjoyed how the team uplifted each other and the atmosphere. I knew after one meet that I would love to be apart of an athletic program like this.” The swimmers may have had back to back second place meets but they are clearly motivated and are sure they will grow and individuals, as well as a team. So they have no worries or doubts at all. Everyone continue to support these hard working young men and motivate them as they swim their way to greatness.