For over 20 years, the high school girls team has done a team member gift exchange to get pumped up for meets. While the name and style has changed through the years, this fun team activity has stood the test of time.
The current Swim Buddy program pairs two swimmers together 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.
2016 Swim Buddies List
Emily Daughenbaugh & Alexis Trucano
Haley Allen & Diana Ward
Grace Crady & Chloe Dougherty
Anna Japser & Emma Peterson
Marnie Hoefler & Ali Poli
Keara Schmitt & Cat Dooley
Summer Struve & Kalani Mangin
Sara Bennett & Maddie Dowling & Jordan Hanson
Ella Worth & Kylie Lynch
Jessica Warrell & Kelly Klinge
Taylor Whipple & Lanchi Nguyen
Erica Benson & Gina Goshon
Kristina Tobe & Grace Twelmeyer
Jolynn Harris & Chloe Pearson
Below are few common questions regarding Swim Buddies.
How Are Swim Buddies Decided?
Swim Buddies are created randomly. 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. The only thing we change is if sisters are partnered. We also try to group dive-only athletes with other dive-only girls because divers don’t attend all swim meets.
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!
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 from Subway to stuffed animals!