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The 2017-2018 GNA swim team

Brianna Stritzinger, Kimberly Smith, and Dylan White

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The 2017-2018 Greater Nanticoke Area swim team is composed of students from both GNA and Hanover. Together, both schools compete.

Terry Schree is the head coach for the Hanover portion and Clare Finn is head coach for Nanticoke. Though the team is comprised of swimmers from both Hanover and Nanticoke, they come together and work as a team. Coach Clare Finn focuses on breath and stamina training while Coach Terry Schree works on technique with the team.

The GNA Insider sat down with members of the swim team to ask them a few questions regarding the upcoming season.

Why did you decide to become a member of the swim team?

“I became a member of the swim team to try something new.”
-Natalia Levandowski

“I joined the swim team because I thought it would be fun and good exercise for me.” -Annalyse Wandel

“I decided to join the swim team because my mom told me it would help me with my breathing problem, and I personally think it is fun.” -Jamira Lane

“I decided to become a member the swim team because I thought it would be different and it will help me get fit.” -Isabel Quiles

“It is something new for me to try and it is not as easy as most people make it look.” – Michael Marcella

“I decided to become a member of the swim team to stay in shape and to hang out with my friends.” -Hope Ostrander

” I decided to join the swim team because my friend asked me to join with her.” -Isabella Emel

” I joined the swim team because my volleyball coach was telling me about how I should try something new.” -Taylor Bartle

“It was half my parents’ encouragement and the other half wanting to see how far I’d go competing with older students. I am happy to be a part of the GNA Swim Team.” -Christopher Cabonilas

What is the most difficult aspect about being a swimmer?

“2 hour practices everyday after school.” – Natalia Levandowski

“When I lose my breath.” – Annalyse Wandel

“In swimming, you have to use all of your muscles.” – Jamire Lane

“The most difficult aspect of swimming for me is keeping my head down.” – Isabell Quiles

“The most difficult aspect for me is after practice because my body gets tired after practice.” -Michael Marcella

“A difficult aspect for me is having to swim very fast and trying to beat my times.” -Hope Ostrander

“Having to dive when you do not know how is a difficult aspect of swimming for me.” -Isabella Emel

“A difficult aspect for me is trying to get my breathing pattern down.” -Taylor Bartle

“Swimming is all about your mentality and being able to push yourself past your limits. Keeping a positive mentality can be challenging, especially when months of hard work can sometimes only lead to less then a second dropped on your time.” -Christopher Cabonilas

What do you like most about being on the swim team?

“I enjoy meeting new people.” -Natalia Levandowski

“I like getting stronger, faster, and gaining endurance.” -Annalyse Wandel

“That we’re all part of a team, we win together and lose together, through it all we are a close team.”- Jamira Lane

“I like how Coach Claire teaches us on our own pace and does not yell at us when we mess up.” -Isabel Quiles

“I enjoy how challenging the swim team is” -Michael Marcella

“I like being with different people.” -Hope Ostrander

“I like that I can hang out with friends and make our school proud at the same time.” -Isabella Emel

“I enjoy being on a team with great team mates.” -Taylor Bartle

“I love the people I get to be around everyday. I feel comfortable around them and they make me smile when I feel like I’m dying after a hard set. I don’t think I’d still be around without them.” -Christopher Cabonilas

How long have you been a part of the GNA Swim Team?

“I have been a part of the team for 2 years.” -Natalia Levandowski

“This is my first season on the GNA Swim Team.” -Annalyse Wandel

“This is my first season.” -Jamira Lane

“My first season as a member of the GNA Swim Team.” -Isabel Quiles

“This is my first season on the swim team.” – Michael Marcella

“This is my fourth season on the swim swim team.” -Hope Ostrander

“This is my first season on the swim team.” – Isabella Emel

“This is my first season on the swim team.” – Taylor Bartle

“This is my second year being part of the GNA Swim Team, although I’ve been swimming for eight years now.” -Christopher Cabonilas

What are you looking forward to most this swim season?

“Learning new skills, winning more meets, and meeting more people.” – Natalia Levandowski

“Winning and getting stronger.” -Annalyse Wandel

“That my breathing problem getting better.” -Jamira Lane

“To help me get fit and help me with my breathing problem.” -Isabel Quiles

“To achieve getting stronger and faster.” -Michael Marcella

“Going to districts and winning meets.” -Hope Ostrander

“Learning to swim faster and improve my strength as a swimmer.” -Isabella Emel

“I am looking forward to going to the away meets on the bus.” -Taylor Bartle

“Seeing where the team goes this year and to improve to preform better at districts.” – Christopher Cabonilas

Upcoming Meets:

12/22/17-  Lake-Lehman away 4:30 p.m.

1/4/18- Holy Redemer away 4:00 p.m.

1/10/18- Coughlin at home 4:00 p.m.

1/12/18- Hazleton  away 4:30 p.m.

1/19/18-  Pittson away 4:00 p.m.

1/24/18- Wyoming Area at home 4:00 p.m.

1/31/18-  Meyers at home 4:00 p.m.

2/2/18- Wyoming Valley West away 4:00 p.m.

2/7/18- Dallas away 4:30 p.m.

2/13/18- Wyoming Seminary at home 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

About the Writers
Brianna Stritzinger, Student Writer
My name is Brianna Stritzinger, and I am a junior here at Greater Nanticoke Area High School.  I am a creator, artist, and, most importantly, I am unique in my own way. I love to draw, write, take photographs, have fun and live my life to the fullest. I am into makeup and fashion.  My...
Kimberly Smith, Student Writer
My name is Kimberly Smith, and I am a sophomore here at Greater Nanticoke Area High School.This is my first year writing for The GNA Insider. I moved to GNA in the middle of this year from Wilkes-Barre but lived in Florida most of my life. I am the oldest of my siblings and the...
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