Written by Erica Palladino Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00
Until 2009, North Shore High School never had its own swim team. Many people had swum independently but NSHS never received more than three interested people each year, so they were unable to make an official team. Then, in 2009, two sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader came together and proposed the idea to the athletic board. All they wanted was a meet schedule; all four girls could swim on their own club team, whether it was Long Island Express or LIAC for practices and then go to different schools to compete. North Shore’s athletic board accepted the idea and the North Shore High School Swim Team was finally created.
Three years later, that “fantastic four” who won two meets with only four girls, has turned into an amazing team of twenty six swimmers. When the team unexpectedly grew, a place to practice became necessary to find. On Mondays the girls stay at North Shore for a “dry-land” workout, focusing on endurance and core workouts, and Tuesdays through Fridays the team, with their coach Samara Weitz, take a bus to Port Washington Yacht Club for an hour and a half of swimming. Some days it’s cold. Some days it’s rainy. But the girls know that they will not win meets unless they endure the realities of swimming in an outdoor pool.
North Shore Swim Team has had a remarkable season thus far, as some of the girls have never participated on a competitive swim team. They have won three out of the four meets, and placed 12th out of 20 at Nassau’s Relay Carnival in September. A few of the swimmers have already qualified for, and other team members hope to participate in the Nassau County Championship which takes place at the Aquatic Center on November 4. Not only has the North Shore Swim Team seen an amazing improvement since the start of the season, it has also created a bond between 26 members who may have never been able to compete together had it not been for the inception of the team. If interested, North Shore has “home” meets at Port Washington Yacht Club, Oct. 12 and 14. Come see the girls who make it happen, the girls who “just keep swimming.”