Joey Jackson Swims Through Freshman Year

Freshman gains lots of improvement during her first year on the swim team


Dawn Razor

The team regroups at a meet against SCW on December 13.

by Piper Ruebling, Staff Writer

Freshman year has started off well for swimmer Joey Jackson. She, and many of the other swimmers, have broken personal records and improved immensely as the season has progressed.

“Joey has improved her time in every meet in most of her events. She is working hard every practice to better her already very good technique. She is an amazing all around swimmer that really shines in backstroke,” Coach Lisa Graham said. “In swimming there is no such thing as perfect, you can always change things like starts, turns, angles of arms, kick pattern or speed and many other things.  With Joey she is very ‘coachable,’ She listens and then adjusts her techniques accordingly in order to improve every day.”

Jackson has shown a lot of improvement throughout the season, and was on a team before joining the swim team this year. She was on it for a few years, and gained some knowledge in swimming during that time. She has spent a lot of time working on swimming, and has won several of her matches. She hardly ever places below third place.

“I’ve been getting good, and Coach Paul and Coach Lisa really helped me this year,” Jackson said.

Over the winter break that recently ended, the team got lots of practice to prepare for more meets, and for some of the swimmers, State.

“My favorite part of the season is winter break. We have a solid 2 weeks of just practice and we can concentrate on really working on building endurance. We also get to build relationships and come together as a team,” Graham said. “The last half of the season is filled with 2 very tough tournaments, several meets and GAC’s. We have a few relays and some individual swimmers who are really close to making a state qualifying time, and Joey is an important part of those relay teams”

Jackson is a talented swimmer, and her coaches can’t wait to see where she goes in the next three years.

“I love the team in general, they’re all very nice and they just make swimming really fun,” Jackson said.