Swimming Season Begins


Sammi D.

It was a familiar feeling when Padua’s swim team walked into The Boys and Girls Club in Elsmere, one of excitement mixed with nervousness.   The first week of the season is for preseason and after the second week, regular practice began.  The team holds higher expectations than preceding years which brings greater hope for success. The coaches Steph Oslen and Alison Ostopkovich state,“We really want the team to do well this year and for the girls to qualify for states. We want as many as possible to qualify.”

All of the girls are excited as the season begins, and not only do they hope to do just as well as last year, but exceed last year’s standards and put in place a new, greater overall morale of the team.   The team began the season congratulating Taylor Shelley (‘12) for signing her scholarship letter for women’s swimming to Rider University. This is a huge accomplishment and the team would like to say they are extremely proud of Taylor. Padua 360 wishes the team best of luck this year.

This past weekend the swim team won their meet against Tower Hill.   The team knew going into the meet that it would be a tough meet and a good challenge for them. The team won the following events: the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 breaststroke, and the 400 freestyle relay. Taylor Shelley, Corrine Capodanno, and Laura Milowicki won all four of their events. Samantha D’Amico won two relays and Cecily Gordon was also a winner.