The Oceanside girls varsity swim team is working hard in and out of the pool to have a successful season. Unlike other teams, these swimmers wake up at 5am so they can make it to their 5:30 practices before a long day at school. Coach Nussen and the captains are looking forward to a successful season with the team.
Coach Nusen has been coaching the girls swim team for six years. He said that “despite being the smallest team in the most competitive division in Nassau County, I believe our girls will do well. In just the first few weeks of the season, I have already seen some impressive things. We won our first meet against Sewanhaka; a team that has girls swimming from five different high schools. As long as I’ve been coaching, we haven’t beaten this team, so it was a nice achievement. We also have several girls who have made both county and state championship cut times.” The 4×1 relay with Catherine Stanford, Faith Sheinberg, Kristen Babel, and Morgan Rinn made states. This will be Oceanside’s first time competing in this event at the meet.
Returning sophomore Catherine Stanford has qualified for states in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Coach Nusen has set goals for his team this year but their main focus, “is to swim faster than the team we are competing against. In all seriousness, when it comes to goals I ask the athletes on the team to set individual goals. This might mean dropping time, winning a certain race, or just improving some techniques. When the girls begin to achieve their individual goals, not only do they feel more confident as athletes, the whole team benefits as well.”
Senior captains Karla Olazabal, Malayna Dilsner-Lopez, and Serafina Vitale are satisfied by how the team has been doing so far this season. Karla is enjoying the season but she said her favorite part so far is their team bonding. “The bus rides to and from the meets are a lot of fun, the team is very close this year and we have been having team pasta parties and barbeques which everyone has enjoyed.” Malayna has been apart of the swim team for 4 years, she said, “I have always loved being part of such a great team. The team is very talented and the girls are a lot of fun. I think everyone wants to PR in their events this year, I do. I’m really going to miss swim next year!!!”