t was back to the grind for the Central Bucks West swim team.
The Bucks came back from the holiday break to swim a non-league double dual meet at Hatboro-Horsham on Friday.
The girls team fell, 113-70, while the boys lost 104-81.
The girls had three individual winners in four events for the day.
Linda Hofmann won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.43 and 100 backstroke (1:04.77), Natalie Yim topped the field in the 100 butterfly (1:02.96) and Jessica Kuo was the victor in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.76).
CB West girls opened up the meet on a high note, as Samantha Remmey, Kuo, Yim and Caroline Stim teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:57.72).
“We worked really hard over the break,” said Stim, a senior captain. “We were in the water almost every day, so it wasn’t that bad coming back. We gave it our all, even though some of us were tired.
“It’s good to swim against people who are doing the kinds of times you want to be doing. This kind of meet isn’t really about winning as much as it’s about swimming well. We’re all just trying to do our personal bests and cheer each other on.”
“I think the team is swimming well. We all have our different strengths and that’s good. It was definitely good to swim this meet, even though we didn’t win. I’m really excited about our team. We work so hard and we’re all such a family. We’re very close. Not having that many people makes us closer.”
Stim has set goal times for herself this year.
“I’ve been working really hard in practice to try to achieve those goals,” she said.
She has the consideration time for the 500 freestyle for the District One Class 3A meet, and is hoping to get a consideration time for the 200 freestyle.
In addition, the 400 freestyle relay has a consideration time.
“Hopefully we’ll get the automatic time for the relay,” she said. “I swam the 500 freestyle and the 400 relay last year at districts. It was very different to be swimming at that kind of meet. Everyone’s so fast. I was at the lower end but it’s a really cool experience to race against those people.”
She is also a part of Future Business Leaders of America and Cooking for the Homeless at CB West. She hasn’t chosen a college yet, but is considering Pitt and Drexel and would like to major in business.
For the boys, Kevin Siegfried won diving with a score of 182.45 points, Franky Swain was the winner of the 100 freestyle (53.03) and Holden Petty topped the field in the 500 freestyle (5:16.15).
Cameron Wallace, Max Quinn, Luke Cimakasky and Swain ended the day for the Bucks with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.68).
“It’s tough to come back after the holiday break,” said Cimakasky, a senior captain. “You’re full of cookies and all of Mom’s cooking, but once you get in the pool you just feel like it’s time to work hard and put in the effort you need in order to swim good times.
“Hatboro is good competition. You have good people that you really try to beat and you want to race against because you know they’re going to swim fast and the times that you want to swim. It’s great. This was a great meet for us to come back from break to.”
He has clear goals for the program this season.
“Honestly, I’d love for us to beat East and South this year, and I think we can do it,” he said. “Even though there’s only 13 of us, we’ve got a great group of guys here. Everyone’s really motivated and everyone wants to swim well, so I think we’ve got it.
“The lack of numbers is definitely an issue in some ways but we swim our hearts out. Every one of us gives 100 percent every time, which is the best part.”
He swam the 500 freestyle at the District One Class 3A meet last season.
“That was a great experience,” he said. “I saw how fast everyone was and that I had the potential to come back again this season.
“I’m hoping to make districts for the 500, 200 (freestyle), 100 breast maybe and maybe get the 400 free relay there. We got a good group of guys on that relay. I haven’t made any cut times yet but I’m a couple seconds off so we’ll see.”
He will attend the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown next season, where he will run cross country and track and field while majoring in mechanical engineering.
“This is my last year of swimming so I’ve got to give it my all and just grind through it,” he said. “It’s going to be a great season and we’re going to finish strong.”