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Girls varsity swim takes fourth place at conference

Katie Bullock, Features Editor

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Sophomore Makayla Cambiano chants in the team huddle before prelims on Friday Feb. 3.

On Feb. 4 the girls’ varsity swim team took fourth place at conference hosted at the Gladstone Community Center.

According to senior Suzanna Zimmerman, conference is the most important swim meet of the season.

“Every meet is a chance to get better,” Zimmerman said. “But conference is the end, it’s the last chance to get it done right and get your best time.”

Conference takes place over two days. Prelims were on Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. and finals were on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

“Friday, our first day of conference, everyone swims,” Zimmerman said. “At the end of the night, the top 16 in each division move on to Saturday.”

Every swimmer from Winnetonka made it to finals this year. Zimmerman made it to finals in two events.

“This conference surprised me because I do a lot of the events. Normally you’re specialized into one or two events but I’ve done every event. This time I did a 100-yard butterfly which is something I’d never done before. I also swam the 500-free,” Zimmerman said. “As a team, I feel like we did really well in giving our best because that’s all we can do.”

Although it was her last high school swim meet, Zimmerman said that she will never forget the memories she’s made with the team.

“Swim is getting up in the mornings and just getting to know everybody,” Zimmerman said. “We’re such a family, everybody gets to love each other and it’s really just a great family bond. I’m going to miss that for sure, but it was fun. It was a great ride.”

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