Swimming preview: Pioneer’s youth, experience is a powerful mix


The Pioneer girls’ swimming and diving team is young but talented with a few very talented veterans in the mix. The goal is to take steps forward every day – or in this case strokes forward every day – and get better as the season swims along.

“We have 13 freshmen who have helped us grow our team by over 50 percent in numbers,” says Patrick Zakrajsek, Pioneer’s assistant swim coach. “This team is hard working and competitive plus we have a lot of potential.”

Pioneer went 4-3 last year in the very competitive SEC Red Division and took 23rd at the state meet.

“We need to improve our relay performances and consistency plus fundamentals including our relay starts,” says Zakrajsek. “We want to work hard and stay focused plus continue to build upon each practice and meet.”

Back to lead the way for Pioneer is Katie Capelli. Now a senior, Capelli was seventh in the state finals last year in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.08. She was All State and All SEC in 500 free.

Senior Jenni Kreczkowski, who was All SEC in the 50 free last year, also returns. Quoia Sam, who was 11th in the backstroke (57.39) at last year’s state finals and earned All-SEC honors, is now an experienced sophomore.

The Pioneers opened the season on Aug. 18 at the Mercy Relays. They host Skyline on Sept. 6 in an SEC dual-meet.


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