By Sebastian DeLarber and Patricia Weatherly
Friday, September 4, was New Haven High School’s annual swimming intramurals. This event is unique to New Haven High School. Each year, everybody in the High School, including the faculty, walks to the public pool to watch students compete in multiple races. Some of the races that are held are the inner tube race, multiple relay races, and strokes, such as freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, and sidestroke.
Each class must have had at least 40% class participation in order to compete in the swimming intramurals. The class with the most student participation received the most spirit points. The sophomores received the highest participation points, the seniors came in second, the freshmen came in third, and the juniors came in last.
Each student swam with all their might in their races, with hopes of winning. Nathan Ford, sophomore, says, “Work as hard as you can and win the race.” Many of the students did work hard, in fact, almost a little too hard. Trevor Blankenship, freshmen, reported that he was about to throw up after his race.
As we all know, not every class can take first place in the events. In overall scores, the sophomore class came in first, dominating in the finals. The juniors came in second and were just happy that they weren’t last again, like last year and the year before that. The freshmen came in third, and the seniors came in last. The seniors took their loss in stride. Taylor Gillespie said to her senior friends, “Stay positive, amped, and have plenty of support.”
However, swimming intramurals aren’t all about class points and competition. It also marks one of the first memorable senior moments of the year. Each year, at the end of the intramurals, the seniors make the “Senior Jump.” Everyone stands at the edge of the pool, holding hands and waiting for the signal to jump. After the jump, when the scores were announced, the seniors cheered and celebrated, despite coming in last place for overall scores.
The swimming intramurals made for a great end to the week, a memorable close to summer, and it was a wonderful way kick off the new school year.