What the young Eastmont girls swimming team lacks in experience, it makes up for with a team-first attitude.
Of the 26 swimmers on the team, 10 of them are freshmen.
“These girls have really pulled together,” first-year coach Darcy Bruggman said. “… It’s neat to see them come together and improve. They’re willing to step in and swim whenever they need to swim. They may be a breast-stroker but if we need them in the butterfly, I don’t get push back or complaining, they’re willing to do what they need to do to help the team.”
As with most young teams, the group could improve on the little things, according to Bruggman. But, the Wildcats currently practice in a facility that doesn’t let them use the starting blocks unless it is for meets.
“What we need to do is fine tune things,” Bruggman said. “The girls put in the distance, they come to practice daily. They know what they need to do and they’re there, but we need to fine tune things: The starts and turns are something we need to work on.”
The team races next on Tuesday when it hosts Moses Lake.
Gabrielle Davy, fr., (500 freestyle, 100 butterfly)
Kelly Hartman, jr., (50 freestyle)
Bettye Eifert, sr., (200 individual medley)
Adrian Marquis, jr., (500 freestyle)
Kailia Sheppard, jr., (diving)
Ali Pierce, fr., (diving)
Eastmont swept it’s first Big Nine meet, taking wins against Sunnyside, Davis and Eisenhower. But lost to Wenatchee 133-53 on Thursday.
“Not trying to jinx it, but I would think the only team that we will be beat by (in league) is Wenatchee,” Bruggman said. “It’s impressive, they’re phenomenal. … Wenatchee is going to be the powerhouse.”
The Wildcats hope to send more than couple swimmers to the state meet.
Wenatchee: Thursday, Oct. 17.
Dive Meet at Wenatchee: Friday, Oct. 18.
District Swimming at CWU Aquatic Center: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2.