Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 07:02 AM
As the new season for Redlands Adventist Academy's swim team approaches, all eyes are on Coach Claire Moses and her team. With a clear goal of placing in the top three in their league and having as many swimmers as possible make it to CIF's and potentially CIF finals, the pressure is on to see how this year's team will perform. When asked about the key for success, Coach Moses emphasizes the importance of constant practice, working together as a team, and forming strong relationships with both swimmers and co-coaches. She believes that respect and camaraderie are crucial in creating a successful team dynamic on the deck, and it is something that sets her swimmers apart at swim meets. The team will be boosted by the presence of top returning swimmers Samuel Monterio-Gomes, Ethan Hill, and Jasmine Moses. Both boys were part of the CIF relay team last year and showed great dedication and a positive attitude towards their sport and their teammates. Jasmine Moses is also a valuable asset to the team, being the only girl who made it to CIF's last year. Her talent and hard work are an inspiration to her teammates, and her experience has helped guide and support them at swim meets. However, the biggest impact on the team this year will come from senior Anton Zivanovic. With years of experience and a strong track record, Anton has a good chance of making states this year, making him a key player to look out for. Coach Moses believes that his presence on the team will be a significant boost, and it will be interesting to see how he will contribute to the team's success. When it comes to qualities Coach Moses looks for in her swimmers, she highlights the ability to motivate their teammates, good sportsmanship, hard work, honesty, respect, dependability, and a competitive spirit. Both Anton and Samuel, who are co-captains this year, exhibit all of these traits daily and serve as role models for the rest of the team. Team chemistry is also essential to Coach Moses, and she puts emphasis on team bonding activities such as games, partner drills, and cheering for each other during races. These activities not only help the swimmers form strong relationships with their teammates, but they also learn to rely on each other during tough practices and race days. Swimming is not just a physically demanding sport, but it also requires a strong mental game.