Reedsport’s swim team completed its first season as a restored program over the weekend, when the squad competed in the district meet at North Bend.
Competing against established programs, Reedsport did not manage to score any points. The best chances were a pair of relay teams, but both the boys and girls were disqualified because individuals started too soon.
Coach Guy Marchione said he was proud of his team’s efforts this season, after nearly every swimmer started with no experience in the sport.
“They all had personal improvements today,” he said. “That’s what I’m looking for.”
Reedsport had two swimmers advance to the final day in individual events. Kat Ziska made it in the 50 freestyle and Essie Cardoso in the backstroke. Freshman Aidan Bright just missed advancing in the breaststroke.
Cardoso, a senior, said she wished Reedsport had restored the program earlier in her high school career.
“It’s a lot harder than any of the other sports we have,” she said. “I like the challenge.”
Cardoso, who also played volleyball and plays softball for Reedsport, said it’s been fun.
“It’s nice to have a team with people I don’t usually talk to,” she said, adding that they all became close during the season.
Like her coach, Cardoso was thrilled with the improvements of the team.
“We have improved so much,” she said. “I was really bad when we started.”
The rest of Reedsport’s team competing at district included Kassie Deihl, Torri Baker, Sydney Robinson, Kaeli Neuman, Madi Kay, Ericka Carlton, Elsa Frakes. The boys were Aidan Bright, Brendon Harrison, Tommy Wolford, Nick Klier and Ben Fowler.