ILS Swim Team looks to outpace the competition

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Junior Yohance Forde competes as a member of the ILS swim team.

Sebastian Wolfe, Writer

The Immaculata-La Salle swim team consists of very dedicated and hard-working group of athletes, as well as an excellent coach in Coach Aimee Cerdeiras. They have been training hard and hope to make ILS proud. 

Seniors Najib Chafra and Diana Durand lead a talented group of swimmers, including returning juniors Ava Chandler and Mia Trent, as well as sophomores Catalina Lujan-Rodríguez, Sophia Mena, and Samantha Getchell.

“I want them to learn about a sport, to have fun, but to be competitive and to learn to do their best,” said coach Aimee. She wants her athletes to work their hardest and try to improve. The team needs to replace class of 2019 star Gaby Antonini, who qualified for States last year and committed to the University of Denver. 

Returning junior swimmers Pedro Beron-Vera and Yohance Forde are ready for the season and hope to achieve their goals

“I hope to make it to states this year if not regionals is acceptable and I also want to improve my time,” said Forde. “I train two hours a day in the pool then go to the weight room after,” he added.

The difficulty with the swim team is finding a place to practice. Since the school doesn’t have its own pool, coach Aimee often has to hunt for a practice facility.

The team practices off campus at the rowing club in Key Biscayne. They race rival schools at their meets and always put forth maximum effort when competing. 

The team is very excited for the upcoming season and the student body is as well and are ready to support their Royal Lions swim team. ILS is in for a great year of swimming and we can’t wait to see what they can do in the very near future.