Navarre turns attention to preparation for district meet

Zach Sutton admits he’s getting a slight case of senioritis but isn’t about to let it become an obstacle as the Navarre swim team gets set for the district meet Oct. 21 at the University of West Florida.

“It’s gotten to the point of senior year where we’re already getting senioritis, but we continue to push hard and it’s paying off,” Sutton said.

The Raiders wrapped up the regular season Thursday with a meet against Choctaw, Fort Walton and Retheford.  It was another opportunity for the Raider seniors to perform in the pool but also a chance to reflect on their time with the swim team.

Sutton is one of six seniors on the roster. The others are Connor Phillips, Jake White, Hunter Richardson, Bella Carraway and Angeles Homar-Ortiz.

Homar-Ortiz has been swimming on the team for two years and is thankful she decided to come out.

“It’s changed my whole life being on the team,” Homar-Ortiz said. “I love the practices because you are working to get better, but at the same time, you get to have fun, too.”

Phillips has swum for Navarre all four years of his high school career and enjoys looking at how far the team has come.

“It’s definitely changed the last four years,” Phillips said. “I really enjoy seeing how the team has progressed. I’ve had a great time this year.”

The Raiders have nearly two weeks to prepare for the district meet and the relay teams for the girls and boys have the potential to qualify for regionals.

“I was on the relay that went to regionals last year,” Richardson said. “We did pretty well and we’re confident we can make it again this year.”

Read more  in the Oct. 13 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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