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North Dallas swimming coach Stephanie Page likes the progress so far of the boys and girls teams.

“I’m so excited. We have some good, dedicated swimmers this year,” she said during Tuesday’s practice at Alamo Pool. “I’ve seen such a progression from the first practice until now. It’s amazing. We had some kids that didn’t like to get their face wet, and now they’re swimming. It’s pretty amazing.

“The first practice, we were just getting through warm-ups. Now we’re able to get through warm-ups and move on and do other drills. It’s definitely a process.”

The swimming team includes (front, from left) Melanie Martinez, Marielena Garcia, Helen Garcia, Isabella Di Fazio, Iliana Morfin, Tina Nguyen, Emily Arenas, and Lauren Garcia; (back row, from left) Jose Gutierrez, Marco Garcia, Steven Do, Noel Lopez, Heath Waffer, Modesto Ottewarden, Julian Canales and Coach Stephanie Page. (back row) Antonio Zaragoza.
The swimming team includes (front, from left) Melanie Martinez, Marielena Garcia, Helen Garcia, Isabella Di Fazio, Iliana Morfin, Tina Nguyen, Emily Arenas, and Lauren Garcia; (back row, from left) Jose Gutierrez, Marco Garcia, Steven Do, Noel Lopez, Heath Waffer, Modesto Ottewarden, Julian Canales and Coach Stephanie Page. (back row) Antonio Zaragoza.

 

Page said she has about 20 swimmers on the team, and the split is about even between new and returning swimmers. She recently announced that Steven Do and Helen Garcia are the captains and Kathy Nguyen is co-captain. Helen Garcia and Marielena Garcia as well as the girls 200 freestyle relay and boys 400 freestyle relay advanced to regionals last season.

The swimmers have a meet nearly every week. Page said the meets are steps leading up to the City meet on Dec. 16 at Loos and the District 12-5A meet on Jan. 19 at Loos.

“It’s a learning for them,” she said. “Like the first meet is like everything goes. The second meet, they get a little bit more strict, and go by the policies and rules. Really, I love it. We have lots of new people who have never swam before. So they have all these anxieties and butterflies about it, and they are able to go to the meets and see that it’s not that scary.”

Coach Stephanie Page talks to Iliana Morfin, Melanie Martinez and Emily Arenas about what to do to improvetheir swimming.
Coach Stephanie Page talks to Iliana Morfin, Melanie Martinez and Emily Arenas about what to do to improvetheir swimming.

 

Page said the new swimmers are taking “baby steps. Just getting in the water and getting comfortable with being in the water. Every day we take bigger steps.”

With the newbies, Page said the pool is offering free lessons on Wednesdays and that helps.

“Some of the kids have been taking advantage of that, being able to go to swim lessons. It’s a great program,” she said. “I even have some of my special ed students are going. I get here, and oh my gosh, they’re here.”

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Jose Gutierrez is ready to swim.
Jose Gutierrez is ready to swim.
Melanie Martinez takes a short break between drills.
Melanie Martinez takes a short break between drills.
The North Dallas swimmers work on their starts in the pool.
The North Dallas swimmers work on their starts in the pool.