Swimming begins


The Catalyst / Genevieve Klein

Senior swim athletes took photos for their senior banners during lunch on March 21.

Swim season is finally back. NDB has both a varsity team and a JV team, with roughly 30 swim athletes altogether. The team tryouts began in winter to prepare for the spring season up ahead.

The varsity and JV teams practice together four times a week on the Serra HS campus. The teams practice with the Serra swimmers, and the coaches work together to benefit both teams. This system works well as it mimics a swim meet and pushes both teams to get better, especially while under the pressure of others.

The team maintains a club-like atmosphere, full of relaxed, yet competitive swimming. The Serra and NDB athletes are able to work together and challenge each other to get better.

The team has a weekly jamboree against local high schools in the Bay Area. Both teams participate in five league meets throughout the season, ending with one championship to close out. The team recently competed in the Varsity Swim Small School Invite on March 11 at Sacred Heart Preparatory HS, with several local high schools.

NDB Social Science teacher and Swim Head Coach Wendy Connolly has been collaborating with the Serra HS coaches and has helped build NDB’s swimming program for years.

“In terms of the season, we are starting out strong because we are swimming with the Serra team,” Connolly shared. “This creates a competition for the girls, pushing them to work harder than they’ve ever worked.”

The swim team is looking forward to competing with local schools in their upcoming meets as their season continues.