Southmoreland sophomores Brooke Stewart and Jake VanArsdale, along with junior Joselyn Busato, spend countless hours in the pool practicing for the upcoming season. Both Stewart and VanArsdale swim at Connellsville, while Busato swims at Mt. Pleasant, but none of them swim for those schools. They all compete for Southmoreland, but with the lack of resources at the high school they’re forced to compete with other schools.
“I wish we had a swim team,” said Stewart. “We should have the resources; we need to better ourselves as athletes.”
The lack of resources forces students to think outside the box and seek out other schools to pursue their passion.
“It would nice if we had a swim program at school because it would make me feel like I had a better support system,” said Busato. “Students would actually get to experience the sport I’m so passionate about.”
With a lack of exposure these individuals get, many students are unaware that they are competing for the school.
“I didn’t even know we had a swim team,” said sophomore Jonah Harshall.
“I wish the students were more involved,” Stewart added. “Really only our friends know about us swimming for the high school.”