By Brian Li (V)
The boys’ swimming team is entering this season determined to make the most out of a shortened schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Steve Droste has been the head coach of the team for many years, but will not be able to participate this year; as a result, Coach Deirdre O’Mara and captains Jerry O’Mara (VI), Matt Fallon (VI), and Joseph Castagno (VI) will lead the team through this unique season.
The season will begin on February 1st and needless to say, “the practices will be very different,” according to Coach O’Mara. There will be “no more than four socially-distant swimmers per lane,” which will pose a challenge to provide all swimmers with enough practice time.
However, the team has come together in the face of such unfavorable conditions and agreed on their main goal this year: to have “three meets… against Ridge, Christian Brothers Academy, and Bridgewater.” Despite the absence of state competitions, the team hopes to foster a positive environment, stay safe, and have a strong season.