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Fairfield’s swim team celebrates season with awards

By Justin Webster, Ledger sports editor | Nov 03, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster/Ledger Photo The 2017 Fairfield swim team left to right are, front row: Tea Harris, Kyra Hunter, Emily McAvan and Danielle Elliott. Back row: Coach Brittany Winslow, Erica Olson, Tessa Seibert, Blair Bowman and Coach Hannah Baker.

The 2017 swimming Trojans celebrated their season Thursday night with a banquet held in the high school commons.

Coaches Brittany Winslow and Hannah Baker led the ceremonies, with the group watching videos, receiving awards and reminiscing with family over another successful season. Two juniors earned their second-year letters, Blair Bowman and Danielle Elliott. Sophomores Tea Harris, Erica Olson and Tessa Seibert also earned second-year letters while fellow second-year students Emily McAvan and Kyra Hunter earned their first letters for varsity swimming.

Emily McAvan was named “most improved” and also given the “Trojan Award” which was voted on by the team. The “Team Spirit” award went to Erica Olson.


Q) Tell us about handing your program over and what you saw?

Hannah Baker: I saw them have fun and they just loved her, (Brittany Winslow) and they really just came out of their shell. We have a young team with no seniors, no freshmen and a couple new ones but they became a team and did great.


Q) Talk about the benefits of having a small team.

Hannah Baker: Hopefully, it will drive them to be better and come together as a team since they don’t have a lone senior leader or one team captain; they have to mesh together and be stronger together.


Q) Talk about your first year?

Brittany Winslow: I wasn’t sure quite what I was getting into not having swam in high school; I had no idea. I had a lot of fun with them and being around the high school girls again and seeing their love for sports like I had in high school is great for me to be involved with that again. As far as the “head coach” thing goes, we were going to tackle it together, however it came about and it worked out. I had a lot of fun and Google helped a lot. I found a lot of drills and learned a lot as the season went on. Just going to a swim meet and seeing how it works, I had no idea.


Q) Should we expect you back next year?

Hannah Baker: I’ll be back next year. Honestly, I’m looking forward to the fact that they became such a great team. They love each other and they’re comfortable with each other, so they’ve already been talking about recruiting and going to the middle school to talk to girls there. It will go a long way that people have seen how much fun they’ve had and how close they’ve gotten. Hopefully, we can continue to bring light to the program. It’s not scary and you can come in not knowing anything and end up with an award like Emily (McAvan) did.

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