For over 25 years, the high school girls team has done a team member gift exchange to get motivated and excited for meets. While the name and style has changed through the years, this fun team activity has become a tried and true tradition.
The current Swim Buddy program pairs two swimmers together (older with younger whenever possible) for the purpose of exchanging gifts, cards, food, and/or other items before meets. This helps the girls get to know one another better and get ready for competition.
Below is the list of 2015 Swim Buddies and a few frequently asked questions.
2015 Swim Buddies List
Haley Allen & Gabriel Espinoza
Sara Bennett & Keara Schmitt
Anna Dotts & Anna Jasper
Jordyn Dubois & Grace Crady
Jordan Hanson & Caitlin Belden
Marnie Hoefler & Gina Goshon
Allison Kochheiser & Taylor Whipple
Ane Skartvedt & Vanessa Pirillo
Summer Struve & Ella Worth
Alexis Trucano & Lanchi Nguyen
Kristina Toben & Kenzie McNew (Diving Pair)
Jessica Warrell & Erica Benson
How Are Swim Buddies Decided?
Swim Buddies are created mostly at random. The team roster is typed into Random.org’s list randomizer and submitted. The results are displayed in a random order and we simply match 1 & 2 together, 3 & 4 together and so on.
However, we DO make sure older swimmers are paired with freshman swimmers. Why? Because the goal of this program is to help freshman get to know older team members. We also pair dive-only team members with each other.
How Often Do I Give (& Get) Something?
We encourage the girls to work this out between themselves. Some Buddies decide to do something every meet, some only for road trips, and others for a few specific meets during the year.
Wondering what’s common? Normally Buddies exchange gifts at the first meet of the year, a few big meets (or road meets) during season and the last meet of the year.
This is not meant to be a stressful thing so we strongly recommend working out expectations in advance! If you have questions, feel free to ask a senior or a coach.
And, as always, the girls are asked if they’d like to opt-out. This is 100% voluntary.
What Are Gift Ideas & How Much Do I Spend?
Like above, this is something usually worked out between the girls. Some spend $5+ each gift exchange while others only do homemade treats. Ideas include: Gatorade, water, Goldfish or other crackers, fruit, balloons, candy/cookies (for after the meet!) and similar items.
A typical example of a Swim Buddy gift is: Gatorade/water, Goldfish, a piece of fruit, balloon or homemade “Good Luck” card. But we’ve seen all kinds of fun ideas!
We encourage you to ask your Buddy what flavors/preferences they may have. Also – if the team opts to do themed-gifts for any meets, have fun playing along!