Making Waves

Diving for the win, Red Mountain's Swim & Dive team competes against other Mesa teams.

The swim team is fighting for a City and State title this year. Working together as a team is vital in swim to ensure maximum effort no matter what happens.

“I swim 50 [meter] freestyle, 100 [meter] freestyle and 100 [meter] breaststroke,” varsity captain and junior Joseph Rusnak said. “I think we’re off to a pretty good start and the team is the most fun—I like just being able to hang out with everybody because we all get along well—it’s like a family.”

Preparing and ultimately qualifying for the City and State is one of the many goals of the swim team. There are several things that the swimmers do to prepare for their upcoming swim meets to help them achieve a title.

“They have to be mentally prepared. For a lot of them, this is either their last meet or their last chance to qualify for the State meet,” Coach Scott said. “The girls have a really good shot at winning City and the boys have a really good shot to do some damage at City and score really well.”

Rachel Ray, a varsity captain, also uses her swim skills as she plays with the Mesa Water Polo team at Kino Aquatic Center.

“I did synchronized swimming for six years, and it was draining. Water polo is completely different though; you just go to play a game and do the best you can, and that’s what I like about it—it’s more aggressive,” Ray said. “I hope to play in college. Right now, there are not many girls on my team. In college, I’ll have the opportunity to play with more girls.”
To learn more about swim activities and events, visit the Red Mountain swim page at http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/athletics/programs/swimdive or talk to Coach Scott in Room 829.