The Greensburg girls swimming program is under way. The Pirates, observes second-year coach Amy Hawkins, can have a season in which “some records might be broken.”

The girls started practice just two weeks ago, but Hawkins says the team is all ready looking strong.

“We just started practices, and already we are swimming stronger, and longer distances during practice than we did when we were well into the season last year,” Hawkins observes.

They have two returning seniors in Jeralyn Draping and Maria Weigel. Hawkins will look to the pair for leadership throughout the year. Also, Heather Thomas will be the sole junior on the squad, so she will also be taking on some leadership roles.

Thomas will not only be swimming for the Pirates, but she is the only female diver on the team. She is back for her third year as a diver. Hawkins is expecting great things from her.

“Already, she is looking strong with what she is doing these first two weeks,” said Hawkins. “We hope to have great things happening throughout the season with our divers. Although Heather performed strongly at sectional last year, we hope she can improve her standings at this year’s sectional.”

The team is only comprised of nine swimmers, four of them being freshman, so the young members of the team are going to have to step up early. Hawkins wasn’t worried about having such a young team.

“Our teams are going to be mainly freshman, but we have a strong freshman class coming in, and we are planning on doing some damage at sectional, especially in our relays,” added Hawkins.

The girls open the season Saturday when they travel to Milan to take on the Indians.

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