These Trees Can Swim!

Wyatt Miles, Reporter

 On Saturday, Feb. 19, DC Everest had four swimmers compete at the 2022 WIAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Championship Meet. Sophomore David Mayer competed in the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle, junior Camden Barwick competed in the 100 meter freestyle, and freshman Keaton Barwick and sophomore Adam Swedlund competed in the 200 meter freestyle relay along with Mayer and Barwick. 

     Mayer grabbed an impressive pair of top six finishes in his two individual heats, earning fifth in the 100 meter and sixth in the 200 meter. Mayer described the experience as a “great opportunity to go out there and race against really fast swimmers”. 

     Freshman and younger brother of Camden, Keaton Barwick described his experience competing at state in his first season with the team. “I have been swimming competitively for almost 10 years, and this was my first year on the Everest team since I am a freshman. By far my favorite part about competing at state was hanging out with, and competing alongside my friends. My favorite memory from the season was having the opportunity to compete at the highest level with David, Adam, and my brother Camden.”

     Head coach Garrett Richetto discussed how his athletes grew and improved from the beginning of the season to the state championships, “They have all grown so much, especially as teammates! It was really fun to see them work so hard. Once they realized they could make it to state I think that energized them more.”

     Richetto also spoke of Mayer’s impressive run throughout the year and at the state meet. “I’m most impressed with how coachable he is. It was fun working with him. He had such a fantastic year and dropped a lot of time.  Overall, the team was small but a great group of individuals that worked together and had fun!” 

     The boys swim team added to an impressive stretch of athletic achievement for the Evergreens, becoming the seventh team or club to send an athlete or member to a state competition.