Under a new head coach, Raiders girls swimming season kicks off on Friday.
TORRINGTON: There has always been a rich tradition of swimming excellence at Torrington High School and in 2016 a new coach will look to continue that trend of guiding the Raiders to great heights.
Katie Gregory stepped away from the position to spend more time with her young daughter after doing a tremendous job with the program during her time in the driver’s seat.
Christine Harding, who has an extensive coaching history that spans over two decades, will be leading a Raider team that has some strength at its core with a good mix of experience and youth in the pool.
“I have coached all age groups and ability levels in many different sports,” Harding said. “Swimming has been my primary focus and I have coached High School, Masters and Division I Collegiate programs. I recently relocated to the Litchfield area and when I heard of the job opening, I applied right away. You don’t coach for the paycheck, you coach for the passion. I love coaching. It is my true passion and I am so grateful for the chance to share my knowledge and love of the sport with the Torrington Girls Swimming and Diving program.”
Key returners from a year ago include seniors Amanda Thiel (middle distance freestyle), Lauren Jamieson (sprint freestyle), Tori Masucci (diving and freestyle) and Lydia Mayerjak (breaststroke).
Up and coming swimmers include sophomore Julia Keller (IM and butterfly) and a pair of freshman, Sydney Offerdahl (IM and distance freestyle) and Jasmine Roble (backstroke and butterfly).
As for her outlook for the upcoming campaign, the new head coach will be diving in head first to the challenge.
“For 2016, we are looking to take advantage of a new coaching staff and ride that excitement through the entire season,” Harding said. “With all new coaches and a relatively young team, we are looking to build the program into a force within our league.”
Torrington opens up this Friday, September 16 at Naugatuck at 4 p.m.
Their first home meet will take place on Wednesday, September 21 against rival Holy Cross at 7:30 at the Torrington YMCA.