Meet The Team: Freshman

2015 Class - Freshmen 2_EnhancedWe are very excited to welcome these 9th graders to the Rails Swim/Dive team! This group features athletes from Norwalk, Carlisle and the Southside of Des Moines. These young ladies are the building blocks for the future, but their contributions this season shouldn’t be overlooked. Learn a little more about each girl below.

Erica Benson | Erica’s main goal for season is to qualify for state in diving.  However, she’s also a Varsity swimmer and hopes to drop time in her individual events (200 IM and 100 Fly) along with improving her split times in relays. Erica’s looking forward to bonding with everyone on the team!

Grace Crady | Grace’s main goal for season is kick more and have better streamlines, thereby improving her races/times. She is a Varsity swimmer, Band and Show Choir. Grace is looking forward to becoming a stronger and better swimmer. She is a student at Norwalk High School.

Gabriel Espinoza | Gabi is a JV swimmer.

Gina Goshon | Gina main goal for season to break :35 on her 50 Free and improve her starts (by going out more!). She is a JV swimmer and participates in Band. Gina is more looking forward to becoming a better swimmer and having fun on the team. Gina joins the team from Norwalk.

Anna Jasper |  Anna main goal for season is to work hard and get better. She’s most looking forward to seeing everyone’s hard work pay off at the end of season. Anna is one of our Norwalk swimmers.

Kenzie McNew | Kenzie’s main goal for season is to learn 11 dives to be able to dive at the Conference Meet. She is a JV diver and also participates in the LHS Orchestra.

Lanchi Nguyen | Lanchi’s main goal for season to improve in all of her events. She is a JV swimmer and also participates in Band. She’s excited to hang out with the team and get to know everyone.

Vanessa Pirillo |  Vanessa’s main goal for season to go sub :60 in the 100 Free and get her Sub :60 Club t-shirt. She’s also working to swim the 50 Free in under 27 seconds. Vanessa’s really looking forward to meeting to new people, breaking old personal best times and meeting her goals.

Keara Schmitt | Keara break :30 seconds in her 50 Free and improve her 100 Free time as well. She is a Varsity swimmer and plays basketball. Keara is looking forward to all the Thursday Breakfast mornings!

Kristina Toben | Kristina’s main goal for this season to qualify for state in diving. She’s a Varsity diver, volleyball player, cheerleader and softball player.

Taylor Whipple | Taylor’s goal for season is to improve her current personal best times. Taylor swims both Varsity and JV events and is a member of Choir. She’s looking forward to doing fun things with the team!

Ella Worth |  Ella’s two main goals for swim season are to drop time and be selected as a state alternate. Outside of swimming, she loves to sleep! She’s really excited to spend time with the team and enjoy some team bonding.

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