Roseville High junior captain Abby Barnett swims during a recent practice. Barnett is  one of seven returning  swimmers for the Panthers.

Roseville High junior captain Abby Barnett swims during a recent practice. Barnett is one of seven returning swimmers for the Panthers.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Roseville swim team making solid progress

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 28, 2018

 Roseville High swim coach Kay Drake watches her swimmers during a recent practice. At press time, the Panthers were 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the MAC Silver.

Roseville High swim coach Kay Drake watches her swimmers during a recent practice. At press time, the Panthers were 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the MAC Silver.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROSEVILLE — For Roseville High swim coach Kay Drake, the main goal is to get everyone’s time faster and make a push for a Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title.

The team is bigger than it has been in previous years, and Drake believes that depth could help it going forward. The Panthers have a mix of veterans and rookies, but everyone has been making progress throughout the season.

At press time, the Panthers were 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the MAC Silver. However, winning isn’t everything to the Panthers. Junior captain Kayla Kornelson wants the team to have fun and do the best it can with a positive attitude.

“The girls are really nervous about everything, so I just kind of calm them down and tell them everything is OK. This isn’t a big deal. It’s just swimming,” Kornelson said. “I tell them do the best that you can, and that’s all that we ask you. And have fun with it. That’s something they always forget. They think it’s so serious. They just have to have fun and keep a positive mindset.”

Kornelson is one of two captains along with junior Abby Barnett. Drake noted that leadership has been a strength for her team this year. At times, to help her rookies get adjusted, she has paired her veterans with younger swimmers to help them work on strokes, turns and other aspects of swimming.

“Both of our captains are very strong leaders. I have those who are not even elected captain that still step up, and they’re leaders even though they don’t have the title of leader,” Drake said. 

Drake is excited about the progress everyone has made. She noted that her rookies’ times have dropped as they have built endurance and strength, and her veterans are working toward getting faster times for the divisional meet. 

Outside of winning the division and getting faster times, the Panthers would like to win the Sportsmanship Award in the MAC. They are a close group that likes to help each other stay positive and focused on their goals. 

“We want to be the team that’s most enthusiastic, most excited. Basically, we want to be the energy and the positive team,” Barnett said. 

The Panthers’ next meet is at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at St. Clair Shores South Lake.

 

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