Like a fish in water, Salice leads Panthers to state final

Being a swimmer is no easy walk in the park, at least that’s Lexi Salice’s way of putting it. She’s been a competitive swimmer for eight years, but she enjoys the atmosphere of high school swimming more than anything else.

The harsh practices don’t discourage her, “This season’s practices were a lot tougher than the prior seasons, but its built a strong and successful team. It was all worth it,” said Salice.

She didn’t know how the 2012 CFHS swim team was going to go this year. She wasn’t expecting anything in particular, but she wasn’t surprised when the girls swim team turned out to be a great success. “So far, every meet we’ve had has been rewarding. Even the Pepper Geddings meet was amazing, out of about 20-15 teams and 400 swimmers, we placed 4th. It felt great,” said Sophomore, Salice.

So far this season, the CFHS girls swim team has placed first in all of their meets, except the Pepper Geddings meet, which they placed 4th.

“Lexi is a great athlete, she works hard and always has a smile on her face. She showed me that you can work hard and still enjoy your sport,” said sophomore Ali Goodwin, Salice’s teammate.

When asked what its like swimming for a club team and a high school team at the same time, Salice replied “It gets overwhelming and stressful sometimes, but the extra practices only make me stride towards perfection. I get to meet some great people as well.”

This season, Salice’s personal record times are 26.83 seconds on her 50 freestyle and 57.64 on her 100 freestyle. She’s what everyone calls a ‘one stroke wonder’ and she definitely lives up to that title. Her primary events are the 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay, and she switches off from the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.

Before the region meet last Saturday, Salice said, “We’re all so excited to swim regionals. Its in my opinion the most competitive meet, well besides states. The team is like a family, we all go over to Coach Blue’s house the night before the meet, have dinner, and just discuss the events, etc.”

Those regionals turned out well for Salice. She is now the 4A Region 6 Champion for the 50 free. She also won two additional gold medals for being part of 200 medley relay and the 200 free medley. And, she swam the 200 IM for only the second time this year and finished in 2nd place.

Saturday she is off to Columbia to swim in the High School State Championship meet.

The team has had a great and enjoyable season, they’re ready for states, hoping to memorably end the year…

– Photo by Pam Salice

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