Archer Middle School’s Defending Swim Champions

Summer DeVera November 21, 2012 7
Archer Middle School’s Defending Swim Champions

Cowritten by Summer de Vera (’18) and Rebecca Samuelson (’13)

Middle school swim had an incredibly strong season to defend its title as Pacific Basin League Champions. Last year, the Middle School Swim Team had a successful swim season, winning the school’s first ever League Championship. This year, they came back even stronger and fought even harder for a second win.

Photo By: Marsha de Vera

On November 3rd, the Middle School Swim Team woke up early to go to Brentwood for the long-awaited championship meet. Swimmers stood outside of the facility, waiting in anticipation for the meet to start. All of the girls contributed hours and hours of hard work in the pool throughout the season to lead up to this day. They were inspired by a pep talk from team captains Summer de Vera and Saskia Wong-Smith, and used the rest of the day to socialize and bond more. Although it was a cold morning, the team bravely jumped into the water. After an energizing team cheer, the swim competition began.

8th grader Kaia Turowski comments on the excitement of the atmosphere: “It was exhilarating watching who would finish first in all the races.” Her teammate, Eleanor Kinsel (6th), adds that the victory was “fun” and “scary” because of the nerves in the air.

Throughout the meet, all of the Archer girls and fans who came to support them cheered for the swimmers in the water. It was a joyous day and it got even more exciting when the results were announced. The scores were very close between Crossroads and Archer and the final tally depended on the 100 freestyle race. Co-captain Summer de Vera earned the crucial victory. In the end, the team succeeded and won its second Pacific Basin League Championship.

Swimmer Isabelle Wilson tells the Oracle, “throughout the entire meet, we were all pretty nervous, yet optimistic. We all hoped that we would win, so when they announced that we won, it was extremely exciting. It felt like all of our hard work throughout the season paid off!”

Coach Cushman sums up the win, and the entire season: “the Archer Swim Team came together in a big way during the championship meet. I was particularly impressed by how much support each swimmer had for their teammates. They were either swimming, getting ready to swim, or cheering their hearts out. In the end Archer put together a great meet with many personal and relay best times. Their hard work and dedication throughout the season paid off by winning their second straight championship.”

Photo By: Marsha de Vera



  1. Theresa Dahlin November 8, 2013 at 6:12 am - Reply

    SO proud of those MS swimmers! Way to go, girls!!

  2. Kate Heck October 24, 2013 at 6:59 am - Reply


  3. Koko December 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I sadly wasn’t a part of the swim team this year, but I was very excited when I found out we won!

  4. Beatrix Freeman December 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    :) Awesome

  5. Kelsey Mumford December 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your time!

  6. Kelsey Mumford December 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I love this article because the pics are really great– especially the group picture at the top. I, myself, was actually part of the swim team and I bet I screamed the loudest when we found out we one first place in the girls section ( which is really overall for us because we’re an all girls school).

  7. Sandy Frank December 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I think it is nice that people cheered you guys on!

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