On September 1, the New Haven High School students got out of school early to head over to the New Haven Pool, where the annual swimming intramurals were held. The swimming intramurals are a participation event where the students can get spirit points for their grade. There were 15 events that day.
Junior Olivia Williams said, “I love to swim and I love earning spirit points for our class.”
Students that competed in the race reported feeling nervous or scared, but some claimed to be relaxed before the event. And predictably, after the event, many reported feeling tired because of how hard they tried in their race.
Casey Baker, freshman, said that she felt nervous about swimming since the whole school was watching. She did feel happy that it was over, although she was tired. Logan Senecal, freshman, felt happy about the race, but he also felt cramped up.
A few of the students’ least favorite things ranged from how tired they were from swimming, to actually swimming in the water, to hating how cold the water was.
For instance, Olivia Williams said, “My least favorite thing was how cold the water was when you first got in.”
A lot of people had different ideas about what their favorite thing about swimming intramurals was. Responses ranged from having short classes to actually swimming in the relays.
Junior Alexander Trentmann said, “My favorite thing about the swimming intramurals was swimming with my class, even though we didn’t win. It was still fun to at least try.”
Freshman Natalie Buchheit answered about her favorite thing and said, “Everyone is around the pool cheering on all the people swimming in their events.”
The seniors were asked how they felt about competing in their last swimming intramurals, and Alden Peraino, senior, said, “I feel glad that my class won for the 3rd year in a row. I also feel disappointed that it was the last one I could participate in.”
Kallista Stubblefield, senior, added, “During the swimming intramurals, I had so much fun swimming and cheering my classmates on, that I forgot that it was the last one I'll attend. Now that I think about it though, I know I'm going to really miss swimming intramurals when I'm away at college.”
Lauren Gerlemann, senior, stated, “It was really cool winning intramurals for the third year in a row with my fellow classmates. We all really get into these events and it brings our class really together.”
Abraham Madden, senior, said, “I knew we were going to win. The sophomores put up a good fight, but they never had a chance.”
At the end of the swimming intramurals, the seniors did their annual senior jump in the pool.
Kallista Stubblefield said, “I felt really odd when I did the senior jump, partly because when I was trying to fix my hair everyone else had decided to jump, but also because it's hard to believe that I'm a senior now. When I think about watching the senior jump in past years, it's hard for me to believe that I've really made it this far.”
Britany Willimann, senior, also added how she felt: “Lost but joyful. I didn't hear the countdown and almost missed the jump.”
Below is the chart of who won each event and the grade level of each winner.