The winter season is coming to a close, and with it, another great year for the Obama Varsity Swim Team. From late November 2017 to the end of this month, 10 boys and 15 girls from Sci-Tech and Obama trained hard to try to qualify for the WPIAL Championships. This year, swimmers Amila Niksic, Sead Niksic, and David Donahue have, between the three of them, qualified for almost every individual event, along with one of Amila’s relay teams. These speedy swimmers have been competing for years, especially the Niksic siblings, and all look forward to competing for a champion title.
There are also some new swimmers, such as myself. I went from incapable of swimming in a straight line on day one, to being within 10 seconds of qualifying for multiple events after just three months of rigorous practices. A large part of this drastic improvement is thanks to our coaches, Mark Rauterkus and Stephanie Marcus. This was Coach Steph’s first year with the girls’ team, and she’s very proud of what we have accomplished. “I got to watch these girls go from nervous and timid swimmers to fast and self-confident contenders… And that’s what it’s all about: building up self-confidence and ability.” After all, we can do anything we put our minds to!
The Swim Team’s last meet, which is also our Senior Night, is this Thursday, February 15th. We will be swimming against Carrick at the Obama pool starting at 6pm. So come out and support your 2017-2018 Obama Varsity swimmers (especially the seniors)!