With only one in-person home meet this season, the Key West High swim team has had to find different ways to carry out its 2020 campaign. That included on Wednesday hosting Senior Day via an intrasquad meet at The College of the Florida Keys Aquatic Center.
“I wish Senior Day was an in-person meet but we will just have to wait for that” said Key West coach Lori Bosco, whose program was celebrating seniors Sophia David, Emily Gould, Danielle Miller, Ocean Leto, Jaelyn Dillard, Luke Klettheimer and Stryder Graft.
According to the coach, there were several personal bests set in the meet, but with it being only the third meet of the season, Bosco is still looking for improvements. However, without a meet scheduled until the District Championships on Oct. 31, and the season officially done on Oct. 17, according to the Florida High School Athletic Association, Key West is now looking to go forward with a Crimson and Grey meet this coming Wednesday staring at 3:30 p.m.
“We are dividing the team up to give the kids one more final meet because we need to keep them racing and they need to keep dropping their times,” said Bosco. “This will give them another chance to get the times they want and that way we can see who fits in what event come districts.”
The Conchs coach explained that she has seen several of her athletes lose motivation at practice with the two-week break upcoming, so she wanted to give her swimmers something to work toward.
“We had to find a way to keep them up and running at practice,” said Bosco. “We didn’t want them to start questioning why they are practicing with district still so far away. This will work that way and it will also be a great practice for districts.”
The coach also added that it will be important to have a final official meet on the books as the Conchs coaching staff is still looking to fill the last pieces of the roster before the district meet.
“Being that this season was cut short for them and last year they were just coming into their time at this point of the season, they haven’t been able to hit that level yet,” said Bosco. “I think by giving them one more meet, even if it’s a fun meet, it will give them that chance and competition to get their times.”