Swimming is often a sport of personal bests. Many times, it’s not whether you win or lose a specific event that matters, it’s about growth and personal improvement.
Still, it is nice to bring home the trophy, and the Crown Point Girls Swim Team did just that today after winning the 2021 IHSAA Girls Sectional and Diving Championships held at Lake Central High School.
Competing against twelve other schools in the region, the Bulldogs took first place overall with a whopping 471 points for the event.
Ashley Holland, diving coach for Crown Point, shared her admiration for the dedicated divers on the team.
“We just have the best group of girls,” said Holland. “They are such a hard-working group. They take critique really well and they support each other. They’re just a loving, hard-working team.”
Holland was especially proud of how well her diving team performed at the match.
“Each one of our divers had their best meet of the season. They really pulled together and put in their best times at the right moment. We’re really looking forward to next year,” Holland said.
The win felt especially rich, considering the many challenges that the swimmers had faced while competing in unprecedented times.
“This is amazing that we’re able to be here to compete at all,” said Julie Whitney, head coach for Highland High School Girls and Boys Swim Teams. “With all the restrictions that we’ve had to adjust to due to COVID-19, we literally had to take this season one day at a time.”
“First, it was ‘let’s try to make it through Christmas,’ then ‘let’s make it to our first meet.” Then, we focused on making it through the invites, and conference. Now, here we are at sectionals and we just couldn’t be more excited. We’ve managed to stay safe and healthy all season long, which I think is just incredible,” Whitney said. “We’re really proud of how our girls have done here today.”
Rounding out the top spots for the sectional title were Munster and Lake Central, tied with 454 points each, Rensselaer Central with 171, Highland with 140, Lowell with 127, and North Newton with 113.