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HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING NOTEPAD: Eagles working to regain form

Both Colonial Forge swim teams had solid seasons last year, with the boys finishing second in the Commonwealth District and the girls claiming third.

Despite losing some of her top male swimmers to graduation, Eagles head coach Georgia Rathje thinks the team is capable of doing well again this season.

“[The boys] have been performing pretty well and I think have surprised themselves a little bit,” Rathje said Monday. “The girls team has several strong swimmers and we have a lot of strong freshmen as well.”

Several swimmers already have achieved qualifying times for postseason meets and the teams’ relays have been a strong point while still playing with the best compilations of the swimmers in those events.

Rathje mentioned junior Kara Wineinger and sophomore Keara Garrity, along with freshmen Camryn Curry and Elyse MacIsaac, as leaders on the girls side.

For the boys, junior Jake Ball and sophomores Nolan Monahan and Chris Hickey have been setting the pace, along with newcomer Alex Morgan, who recently moved back to Stafford after living in Okinawa.

“They have all been very strong swimmers and are pushing the team in points and helping fill in in all our events,” Rathje said. “They are all very versatile.

“We’re excited to see how things will go this season, especially with the new alignment with the conferences.”

The Eagles have been working hard all season—practicing from 5–6:15 a.m. each morning—and have been able to build despite having two meets postponed so far due to weather.

They are also coming off a long winter break, not unlike other schools in the area, but Rathje thinks that could have been a blessing in disguise.

“It’s always hard to get back in the water after a break like that,” she said. “Today was the first day that a majority of the team was back at practice … They were excited and ready to go, so I think the break might been good for them to be able to recharge themselves.”

Colonial Forge will be busy at the end of the week, swimming against Riverbend at St. Michael on Friday. The Eagles follow that up with one of their rescheduled meets, against Stafford, on Saturday at Woodlands pool in Stafford.

—Tom Leiss

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