The Parkland Swim Team Coasts Closer to the District Competition


Photo by Danica Harf

Danica Harf, Staff Writer

The Parkland Swim Team will be competing in the District XI Tournament February 28 through February 29, 2020. 


These athletes have been training hard since early December.  In order to swim in an event for districts, the swimmers must obtain a specific qualifying time for that event. They focus their practices on achieving these times. 


This year, Parkland has such a large team that they have many athletes qualified for Districts. Unfortunately, Parkland can only provide four people for each event, meaning Parkland Swim Coach Mr. Robitaille must select the four fastest swimmers that met the qualifying time for their event. 


The varsity girls swim team has not lost a meet yet this season, and the varsity boys only suffered one loss. Both teams however, are determined to win at districts this year and earn back their district champion title. 


The district competition operates based on a point system. The swimmers who come in first place earn a set amount of points, and those who finish after them earn less points according to how they placed. The team who accumulates the most points wins and moves on to the State Competition at Bucknell University. 


Last year was the first year the Parkland Swim Team lost the District Tournament, coming in second place to Emmaus. This year, the swimmers expect to win back their title as district champions.  


To motivate themselves for the end of the season, it is a tradition every year for the boys competing to bleach their hair entirely and the girls dye a portion of their hair a fun color. Some of the boys on the swim team will shave funky patterns into their hair before shaving it off for districts. 


Photo by Danica Harf