Blue Mountain Swim Team Making a Big Splash
The 49 members of the Blue Mountain swim team are a melting pot of personalities, but instead of different strokes for different folks, the eagles share positive attitudes with positive results, not just for themselves but their teammates as well.
“When you’re having fun in an environment, all of a sudden your attitude changes and you really want to work hard because you’re enjoying it at the same time. It’s a great combo for success I think for a team,” says senior Jackie Boran.
Since the Blue Mountain boys’ team came into existence 27 years ago, they’ve never won a Schuylkill League title until two weeks ago.
“Even before the season started when I saw how many kids were in this pool and working I knew we were going to do it. I was amazed and every time they get in, they’re faster and happier and it’s such a positive experience for everyone here,” says head coach Sandy Englert.
“The beginning of this season we thought we had a shot at leagues and it turned out we did and that was the one thing that we focused on was if we could win leagues that would be great to come out with a league championship for the guys because we never had that before,” says senior Kyle Schuetrum. “Every practice you wanted to come to practice because you knew your friends were here. Everybody’s family here. You can ask anybody here for help with anything.”
“We do things outside of swimming. We have parties, we do sleepovers, we just have so much fun together that its not like it’s a chore to come to practice everyday. It’s fun and we just do whatever it takes to get to the next level, to get our friends to the next level and to push us even further,” says senior Marina Barrineau.