Toyota High School Athletes of the Week- F-M Girls Swimming team remains perfect
No matter the sport, to be undefeated after ten games or meets is awfully impressive.
That holds true with the Fayetteville-Manlius Girls Swimming team, but to leave it at that isn't doing the Hornets justice.
For starters, F-M doesn't have a home pool on campus, so each night the team has to bus to Cazenovia College to use that facility.
That means the team has to contend with the equivalent of a road meet just to practice, but the Hornets are also at the mercy of the pool's availability.
Despite that, the Hornets are defending back-to-back Section III Champions.
“I think it’s really the dedication of the girls" says Head Coach Tim Gallivan
"I mean they come here day in and day out, we take the bus a half hour each night some nights we’re real late, some nights we’er 5-7 which is nice. They really put in the work" he adds.
In some ways, the inconvenience and hardship of always being on the road has brought this team closer together.
“It’s hard, especially get home late at night to do homework. So it’d be nice if we had somewhere closer, but we still carry the same family-like energy” says Meghan Maloney.
The Hornets appear to be the favorite again in Section III, as that 10-0 record (4-0 in league meets) would indicate. This isn't a team though that's getting comfortable or complacent.
Make no mistake the Hornets are team fighting for everything they've earned.
“I think that we’ve all been working extra hard this year and more together. I think the team has gotten a lot closer and more comfortable with each other that it made it a lot easier to excel and reach our goals” says Ally Manicone.
F-M is paying it forward, too.
Just last weekend the team helped out at the Samaritan Center in Syracuse which offers free meals to those in need.
What an example, the team that is undefeated despite the odds helping people in Syracuse with the odds stacked against them.
The Hornets just don't know any other way, and win or loss, they'll give it their all next time out against Baldwinsville on Tuesday.
Senior Michelle Sipple sums it up perfectly.
“Every day we just come to practice and work really hard and just try to stay together as a team and we’re a big family working towards a common goal."