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Swim and Dive States Cancelled

The PIAA State Swimming And Diving Championships have been held at Bucknell University for many years. After Thursday, March 11, 2020, all remaining swimming and dive events were cancelled for the rest of the week. Swimmer Taleah Ruben said, “I was very upset with states being postponed. With everything being closed, I cannot continue my training.”

Carly Mohl, Staffer

March 19, 2020

For Pottsville swimmers, junior Zadian Van Orden and sophomore Taleah Ruben, the decision to postpone States was more than just a disappointment. Like athletes across the country, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in their postseason events, as well as their entire spring season and training schedules. Junior...

Swimming to the Top- Zaidian Van Orden

Junior Zaidian Van Orden practices his swim events at the Ned Hamford Natatorium. Van Orden puts in countless hours of working on his strokes into his practice. He said, “In the off season for swim, I still have practice. This gives me the advantage over the kids who do not practice in the off season to get better.”

Ava Jefferson, Staffer

January 23, 2020

Many swimmers who are a part of Schuylkill County swim teams recognize the name Zaidian Van Orden. Van Orden recently defeated the 100 Freestyle with a time of 48.88 and the 200 Free record with a time of 1:49.09 while competing at the Ned Hampford Natatorium. “It felt amazing to break those records...

Diving into the 2019-2020 Swim Season

Swimming and diving practices occur for up to three hours. It is evident that the swim and dive team put all of their effort into practice. “I always have the chance to try new, crazy dives that I have never attempted before. Sometimes you smack, hard; but the pain is only temporary. It’s all worth it when you finally get the satisfaction of getting the new dive,” junior Owen Golden said.

Tanya Johnson, Staffer

December 6, 2019

Swimming is an activity people tend to do in the summer. For students who are a part of the swimming and diving team, it’s the opposite for them. Swimming and diving is available for students grades 9-12 during the winter. A typical swim practice consists of non-stop hard work. To start off practice,...

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