BRISTOL - For the Bristol Central girls swimming team, the season couldnâ€™t have gotten off to a better start.
Now 3-0 after handing Newington its first loss of the season, the expectations for the Rams are high and as a team, they believe great things can happen this season.
â€śTheyâ€™re a good bunch of girls,â€ť Bristol Central head coach Adrienne Bentley said.
â€śThey really believe in each other and if one of them is feeling down they pick each other up, so I think as long as their spirits are high I think theyâ€™re going to have a great season.â€ť
In practice, Bentley has been working on a specific weakness, a skill that can be very advantageous a team, coming into the wall and then off smoothly.
â€śItâ€™s really easy to look good in the middle of the pool, but going into the wall and coming off the wall is the hard part,â€ť Bentley said.
In the meet against Newington, Bentley was pleased with the work in that department.
â€śWe definitely were working our turns and finishing nice and hard, so they carried out what I wanted,â€ť Bentley said.
For the Rams, any additional advantages will go a long way for them this season, as they have a strong core group led by divers Meghan Curtis and Erin Petke, along with Mackenzie Pina and Ailey Driscoll.
These four leading the way has been pivotal to the successful start.
The six seniors have been an integral component in the early season success, as they put in extensive work on their own over the summer to make sure their final season would be one to remember.
â€śWe have six seniors that are graduating and they took it upon themselves this year to really get into conditioning for the summer and some other things, summer work and summer swimming, and they kind of changed up our culture,â€ť Bentley said.
Coming into the meet against Newington, Bristol Central wasnâ€™t expecting to win.
Following it, the Rams may be expecting much more this season.
â€śTo me I felt that if we came out with a tie thatâ€™d be fantastic and fabulous,â€ť Bentley said. â€śIf we won I donâ€™t even know. Thatâ€™d be great if we do, but coming in we just wanted to do our best.â€ť
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