Q&A with Seniors on the CHS Women’s Swim Team

How do you feel thinking about the end of the season?

“Very tired, but I feel like the work that I’m putting in is paying off,” Erin O’Rourke said.

“A little sad just because when it’s done, I will literally never swim competitively again, but I’m also very ready to have some extra sleep and free time,” Kate Wilson ’19 said.

What will you miss the most?

“We have really, really supportive coaches. They’re coaching us about swimming and they’re also really understanding that sometimes swimming can’t be the top priority, that it has to be grades or other stuff. They’re just like some of the most supportive people in the world. And I’m really going to miss them,” Beatrice Kearns said.

“I will definitely miss my teammates. They are some of my best friends and I spend 17 hours a week with them. That’s a lot of time and then you just go cold turkey and that’s kind of hard to deal with.” Alexa Fredericks said.

“I’ll miss all of my friends and getting to see them everyday and we all kind of have one thing in common, we are a community. We’re all getting through swim season together,” Sydney Wilson said.

What do your want your legacy on the team to be?

“Being a kind person to everybody, no matter how I’m feeling or how they’re feeling. I always want to be somebody who’s known as somebody who is there no matter what,” Erin O’Rourke said.

“That I worked hard but I wasn’t one of those crazy people that has no fun while doing it,” Maggie Cremers said.

Do you have any tips for success?

“Time management is everything, having a group of people you can trust around you is important, and don’t sweat the small stuff,” Beatrice Kearns said.

“Give yourself space to just relax sometimes. Life is stressful, and it never hurts to take a well earned break,” Alexa Fredricks said.

Any last words to the other swimmers?

“Have fun and it’s not the end of the world. If you’re not going a best time. Take it with a grain of salt and have fun. That’s what we’re here for,” Beatrice Kearns said.

“Hang in there. Trust me, it’s worth the four years you go through. You may think I just want to be done, but you’re gonna miss it a lot. I’m already missing it and I have two weeks left,” Alexa Fredericks said.

“Do your homework, but also sleep if you need sleep,” Kate Wilson said.

What do you remember best from all of your years? (???)

“Between Zane asking Jordan to homecoming and how we all got to watch Kia’s progress last year and how much better she got at swimming because that was really fun to watch,” Sydney Wilson said.

“Regionals my freshman year. That was really fun, because it was on Halloween and so we all dressed up in onesies. Specifically, our coaches, in womens onesie[s]. Zane was Princess Leia, the whole time, while the other coaches were in suits. It was wonderful,” Maggie Cremers  said.

“Last year, I was swimming with a senior, we got a super hard set and she got so mad that she lifted herself up on the lane line and… it snapped and the buoys went everywhere,” Erin O’Rourke said.

Are you looking forward to college?

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and learning about things I am really passionate about. I plan on doing rowing in college as well so that is something I am really excited for. But I’m really going to miss the team. I’ve never met a group of people with more heart and determination than these girls. They show so much passion for the sport and for their teammates, it’s really like having 30 sisters who will support and be there for you no matter what,” Beatrice Kearns said.

“I’m looking forward to kind of being on my own and be[ing] more independent and then learning things I’m really interested in hearing about. But I’m really gonna miss my friends and the community and my mom and Jordan,” Kate Wilson said.

“I guess I’m just excited for something new. I like City and I’ve genuinely enjoyed high school but I’m starting to feel like I’m ready for something else. There’s no thing I’m really specifically looking forward to other than starting a different stage in my life,” Maggie Cremers said.