by: Andrew Berman
On April 7th, the Atholton swim club participated in the 2019 Howard County Invitational Swim Meet. Consisting of 17 different events, including 6 relays, the Atholton Jellyfish came in second place overall.
“We don’t [practice],” said Ethan Fan, a Junior in Atholton swim club. “At least not officially. Most of us are year round swimmers anyways, but we might have practices next year. He added that most of them belong to the Columbia Clippers.
Despite this, Fan believes “actual official practices will help. It will improve our team bonding and we will cheer on our teammates more.”
Although the swim team lost half of last year’s dynamic duo of Dr. Elshafi and her son, Adam Elshafi, who was a senior last year, they managed to move up in the standings at this year’s event after coming in third last year. The Jellyfish surged into second with help from “a lot” of top 5 individual finishes and top 3 relay finishes.
The Jellyfish constantly perform when it matters the most: against county rivals. A lot of the swimmers want the sport to get more attention, and Fan added he wants it to “be bigger, and get more recognition.”
Atholton swim team’s mascot is the only mascot in the county that is “95% water and has no brain,” according to the team’s website, but the Atholton Jellyfish are primed to dive deeper into than ever before to get to first place next year.