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January 23, 2014

HORNETS SWIMMING:In wintry weather, Huntsville swimmers are still putting in work

With specific goals in mind, these Hornets are swimming in the cold to reach their destiny

HUNTSVILLE —

Even with temperatures in the 30s on Thursday afternoon, the Huntsville High School swim team was still at the Poncho Roberts Aquatic Center perfecting its craft in preparation for the District 20-4A meet this weekend at the Conroe ISD Natatorium.
The Hornets have a simple goal for their 24 swimmers competing in as many as four events each – get everybody to regionals.
In order to do that, training is necessary, despite the uncomfortable weather conditions.
”I explained to the kids that every other team we’re competing against does have a covered pool, so every other team is practicing today,” Huntsville head coach Becca Chaffin said. “We’re just going to have to tough it out and be the best we can be with what we’ve got. They’re pretty tough, though. They’re very tough kids. They work very hard and it kind of makes us tougher. I guess that’s the positive of being outside.”
The Hornets are seeking perfection in their technique at this point in the season. For the past week, they’ve been focusing on every motion – paying attention to their strokes, flip turns and starts. Fortunately for Huntsville, the team was able to practice in warmer weather earlier in the week, as opposed to being somewhat limited Thursday.
“They want to make sure that what they’re doing is perfect and just the way they’re going to want to swim it on Saturday,” Chaffin said. “So we’ve been really paying attention to making sure we’ve watched every single lane and just corrected any little thing we can correct in the last minute to make sure they’re doing everything perfectly.”
Senior captain Andrew Bitara said the swimmers are used to training under less than ideal conditions. There have been times when some of the water dripping from the rooftops froze like stalactites.

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