The pool is open and ready for some excellent swims this season.
The Edgemont girls are again teamed up with Sleepy Hollow, Hastings and Irvington and the combined SHEDI team has one goal in mind — winning the New York State championship, after placing as the runner-up last fall.
This year, SHEDI is back stronger, more focused and more determined. While the team did lose one of its most valuable swimmers, Mikayla Klien, who is now swimming Division III in college at Washington University (Missouri), the team is gifted with many new recruits that performed well in the first two meets.
Edgemont welcomes new seventh- and eighth-graders Nidhi Ray, Kate Anderson, Manon Jadot, Lauren Lee and Isabelle Wolchek. They all bring the right energy, power and determination the team needs to succeed. Additionally, Edgemont features newcomer sophomores Anna Mello, Florence Millet and Lauren Allan, who are experienced swimmers.
Together this new group of girls will make the team very competitive in Section 1, where SHEDI won the championship for the first time a year ago.
Returning members of the team were excited to pick up where they left off, starting with competitive meets against Horace Greeley and John Jay-Cross River.
Last year SHEDI’s lone loss during the regular season was to Horace Greeley, but SHEDI rebounded to beat Greeley at divisionals and sectionals. SHEDI hopes for more of the same this year as Greeley topped them 92-84 to kick off the season.
There was intensity in the pool from the first event continuing until the very end. SHEDI trailed only 82-80 heading into the final relay, including six points from diving, but Greeley took first and third to grab 10 of the 14 relay points and secure the win.
In the meet, SHEDI got first-place performances from the 200 medley relay of Theresa Milio, Ava Franks, Natalie Peng and Katie Wang; Milio in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke and Franks in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
SHEDI quickly bounced back from the narrow loss to defeat John Jay-Cross River two days later. Coach Tobey Saracino was proud of the work her swimmers put in, reminding them of the long season ahead.
“The team this year is filled with lots of strong swimmers and I know that it’s going to be a really great year,” senior captain Wang said. “I love the energy and support that anyone can find on SHEDI.”
Saracino had been on the tip of her toes all summer waiting for the season to begin and to see what her new swimmers can do. The members bring an explosive new energy to the team. “I’m very excited to meet new people,” Anderson said. “This is an exciting team to be on.”
Lee has also been racking up points for the team in the first two dual meets. Lee has only been with SHEDI for two meets and is already saying, “I’m glad I decided to join the team this year. I was very motivated after hearing about their success last year and am fully commited to work with this team to win.”
It is clear that the rest of the team feeds off the spirit and fresh attitude of new recruits. “The new members are always the hardest workers,” senior Sophia Allan said. “They know they have to prove themselves the second they walk onto the pool deck.”
The team is eager to see what comes next, with the New York State championships not far off in the distance.