Xavier’s hybrid swim and dive

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Sister Lynn Winsor

Grace Hull ’22, Gracie Munk ’22, and Jordan Herrera ’21 line up on their blocks.

Sienna Martinez, Club Writer

Xavier’s Swim and Dive team has had to undergo a variety of adjustments to adapt to the new challenges posed by Covid-19. Swimming and diving remained closed when sports came to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. Unable to lead the swimmers through daily practices, coach Mark Rankin said, “It’s difficult to talk to them as a group with the facial barrier of a mask.”

As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, fewer teams will participate in swim meets. Athletes will wear masks whenever they aren’t swimming, and after each race, starting blocks are to be disinfected. Additionally, only two swimmers are expected to be permitted in each lane, one on each end during practices to enforce a degree of social distancing. Instead of racing head-to-head, swimmers race in their home pools, record their times, and send them to the opposing team.

While the regulations have changed, the Xavier College Prep girls’ swim team approach and mindset have not. “Feel your power,” and “Stay in your lane” have been the foundation of this season.

Mia Rankin ‘21 has been on the pool deck ever since she could walk. With her parents both being swimmers, then coaches, Rankin began swimming competitively at approximately age six. Her swim club and Xavier’s swim team have taught her a great deal about self-discipline, time management, dedication, and most importantly, friendship. 

“With social distancing between lanes, it’s been difficult to talk to new swimmers, but under the circumstances we have this year and we want to do our best to make it fun,” Rankin says.

Xavier’s swim team has come up with creative ways to maintain their bonds. With the traditions of Senior Night and the State Banquet, along with the State Championships, the girls are looking forward to a successful swim season.