Tight bond serves as motivation for swimmers

Swimming is unique in the way teammates support each other. At each meet, swimmers can be found cheering each other on at the end of the pool.

Navarre senior Zach Sutton doesn’t pay attention to it when he is actually competing in a race but he does point out the encouragement from his teammates serves as added motivation.

“When I’m swimming, I’m not paying attention, but I know my teammates are there,” Sutton said. “They fuel me to get that extra inch to touch the wall.”

Killian Casey, a multi-sport athlete for the Raiders, agrees.

“You have a ton of people in your lane and they are cheering for you,” Casey said. “It’s a good feeling.”

The support the Raiders show for each other in the pool, whether it’s at a dual meet or an invitational, not only provides extra motivation for the swimmers but it also forges a bond among them.

“It’s awesome. We’re like a family,” said freshman swimmer Harrison Dorsey. “We have a great bond at practice and at meets.”

The Raiders were back in action Wednesday in a dual meet with Niceville at the Pullum YMCA.

Harrison Dorsey and Lauren Robbins were double winners for the Raiders.

Dorsey took first in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:04.68 and earned the top spot in the 100 free with a time of 1:30.44. Robbins clocked in with a time of 2:25.19 to win the 200 free and won the 500 free with a time of 6:25.69.

Dylan Porter took first in the 100 backstroke (1:11.25) and Hunter Richardson won the 100 breaststroke (1:15.50). Olivia Sczesny finished first in the 50 free (27.25).

Both the girls and boys 200 medley relay teams took first, with the girls posting a time of 2:14.85 and the boys clocking in with a time of 1:50.44.

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