Members of the CJ men's and women's swim teams are used to working with one another; they practice together, they take their team photo together, and they compete together at every meet preceding the postseason, so sharing the title of Feature Team of the Week seemed only natural.
“We always practice together,” senior captain Katheryne Austin said. “We don’t do much separately so we’re basically one team.”
Stepping into leading roles this year, Austin along with co-captain Adrianne Marx, ’12, and men’s captain Cody Burke, ’11, have been fostering that togetherness this season by continuing to keep the program’s rich traditions an integral part of what it means to be an Eagles swimmer.
“We pray before and after each practice, and we have a team cheer after warm-ups at our meets,” Burke said. “It’s just something to get us pumped up, and we get pretty loud.”
As a team, the Eagles hope to make some noise in their feature match against Northmont High School at Kleptz YMCA Saturday, Jan. 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. With just six senior swimmers between them (pictured below), the two programs have been gaining valuable experience this year in preparation for the last three meets of the regular season, including the Coaches Classic next weekend at Beavercreek YMCA—a two-day event.
“Last year we got to districts so we at least want to get back to districts again,” Burke said of his team’s goals. The camaraderie between Eagles swimmers was evident in the encouragement he offered his fellow teammates as both teams look ahead to competing singly at sectionals in February.
“The girls have a good team, and I think they could be able to get to state if they keep working hard.”