Masuk girls swim and dive team aims for record-setting success

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The Panthers' team captains this year are, from left, Juliette Eaton, Eva Helmke, Carrie Wittenauer and Kate Wittenauer.

MONROE, CT — The girls swimming and diving team at Masuk High heads into the campaign with aspirations for some record-setting performances.

Head Coach Emily DeMace and assistants Jess Konkol and Tom Horan are optimistic her squad will be as solid in the pool as it is big in roster size. The team also has a lot of depth with divers, for that matter, ready to contribute not only off the board but in the swim lanes.

“We have the biggest team in a long time — 34 girls,” DeMace said. “We have 16 returning swimmers and 18 new swimmers — one new addition Jocelyn Allen who will be swimming and diving.”

“Our returning four divers — Carrie Wittenauer, Kate Wittenauer, Carly Jordan and Siobhan Riordan — are also practicing their 50 frees to compete in the 200 free, relay AKA the divers’ relay.”

Senior captains, in addition to the Wittenauers, are Juliette Eaton (200 individual medley and 100 butterfly) and Eva Helmke (50 freestyle and backstroke).

DeMace said the coaching staff is looking forward to a strong and fun-filled season.

“We are hoping to break several records this year, both in swimming and diving,” she said. “The coaching staff is really just looking for a fun, enjoyable and successful season with best times, high scores, best swims and best dives.”

“We have several girls who have never competed competitively, so we wish them a successful first season,” DeMace said. “We also have many returning swimmers ready to break last season’s times. We can’t wait to see how everyone does this season.”

“We still have yet to figure out exactly what everyone will be swimming but we have a lot of strong, well-rounded athletes ready to compete,” the coach added. “And we’re excited for our first meet this coming Friday against Stratford at Stratford and our first home meet against Bunnell next Tuesday, Sept. 13.”

Masuk, after visiting Stratford Friday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m., will host Bunnell at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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