Girls’ Swim and Dive Made a Splash at Leagues


Photo by Rachel Snukis

Juniors Greta Snukis and Emma Smith stand on the podium after the Schuylkill League Diving Championships. Snukis placed first in diving while Smith placed third. Snukis said, ”My hard work and countless hours of nonstop diving paid off. I was super happy to have clean dives throughout the meet.”

This past Saturday, Schuylkill League swimmers spent their day at the pool for what felt like an eternity. The perseverance through the boredom proved to pay off, as swimmers like sophomore Taleah Ruben took home gold. Ruben ruled the podium in both the 50 breaststroke and 100 IM. 

Ruben wasn’t the only member of the girls team that had a successful day. The 200 Medley Relay snagged a first place spot. The relay team consisted of senior Elizabeth Rakus giving the girls a lead in backstroke, sophomore Taleah Ruben setting the girls apart in breast, junior Isabelle Mettam setting the tone with butterfly and sophomore Julia Balulis bringing it home in freestyle.

Rakus said, “This win will definitely be one to remember. I’m so happy for the past couple of years and enjoyed all the victories and wins along the way. This was definitely a bit sweeter of a moment.”

After the girls swim team’s success on Saturday, the Tide’s divers brought it home, with junior Greta Snukis taking first and junior Emma Smith snagging third. Even though Smith had an amazing night, there’s still improvements she wants to make to reach her goals next year.

Smith said, “Even though I have been preparing  for leagues since the start of the season, I had no idea how the event would unfold. It is such a different atmosphere once you are actually there and standing up on the board with all eyes on you. My nerves start going and my mind starts to race, which is something I look forward to improving on. Next season I hope to build up my confidence and work on pointing toes!”