Jody Hetzel ’19
On Friday, January 8, Mercy swam against Seton High School. It was held at Gamble Nippert YMCA.
Over the course of Christmas break we had a practice every morning at 6:30. Training was hard but in the end it was all worth it.
Mercy and Seton have been very big rivals since as long as I can remember. Luckily all the work paid off when we beat them.
Many fans came to support the swimmers and everywhere you would look you could see smiles and people yelling at the swimmers. Lasalle and Elder were also there and they would swim in-between the girls heats.
I personally beat my time by a half a second, which doesn’t seem like a lot but in swim it is really hard to break your time. I also swam an event for the first time and got first! The joy you feel when you swim and beat the people in the lanes next to you is unforgettable.
When we said our cheer at the end, after we heard we won, I could definitely tell that our team was a family. Some of the practices you just want to give up but you have a bunch of supporters to help you get through it.
Image featuring Allison Moellinger, Jody Hetzel, and Julia Bley. Photo Credits Jody Hetzel ’19.
I love swim so much. It is a great sport to play for not only your body but also to make the best friends. I have met so many new people because of swimming at Mercy and I couldn’t be happier!