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School Swimming Record Broken

Braedon Harris, Reporter

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At the 6A district swim meet on Jan. 27, sophomore Leila Atumah broke the school’s swim record in the 100 yard backstroke.

 

Going into the district meet, Atumah was very nervous about her races. She knew what each of her opponents’ time ranges were, but still wasn’t sure about the outcome.

 

“I was placed first and fourth based on previous times, but I felt that I would lose those places,” Atumah said. “Anyone can drop time and I needed [to make] top six to make regionals.”

 

The previous record in the 100 yard backstroke was 1:03.59, Atumah broke the record with a time of 1:02.71.

 

“I was really tired after my race, but when I looked up I got really excited,” Atumah said.  “I realized I had dropped two seconds off my time and gotten the record.”

 

Atumah is hoping to clinch another school record in the 50 yard freestyle. The record is  25.84. Seconds Atumah feels she is closing in on it.

 

“I went 26.58 at regionals this year,” Atumah said. “Even though it is difficult to drop time on such a short distance, I feel that if I work really hard I can do it.”

 

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