- Merrill head coach Kristie Winter isn't used to seeing lanes full of swimmers.
"Four years ago when I started coaching the team, we had eight swimmers," Winter said.
The Bluejays are far from those days, though, as their win last weekend at Milwaukee South High School shows.
"We're starting to develop middle-school age swimmers who are competitive swimmers now," Winter said.
Most Bluejay swimmers are underclassmen that came through the feeder program, and the seniors are improving by working with them.
"I've learned a lot about just working with other girls and just becoming a leader and just keeping energy," senior Katy Ball said.
The Bluejays displayed plenty of energy on Saturday, shattering their school record in the 4x100 relay by 13 seconds.
"About three events in, I kind of realized a lot of our relays were winning and I was like 'wow, we might actually be able to win this meet,'" Ball said.
After the win, there was only one thing left to do.
"We went to Culver's," senior Rianna Dowds said. "We all kind of just ate lunch outside and tried to catch up on the day."
For the first time in 20 years, that was the only kind of catching up the Jays had to do.
Merrill won't have to wait long to get back in the pool. The Jays have a varsity invitational on Wednesday in Marshfield.
|Story By: Andrew Goldstein