Viking swim team makes splash to end their season

Nayera Abdessalam, Managing Editor and Backpage writer

The North High Vikings’ girls and boys swim team closed out the regular season at the Metro Meet on Friday, February 10. Despite many PRs and first-place finishes, neither team qualified for the NSAA State Swim meet. However, team members expressed pride in their achievements and excitement for what is to come.  

Noah Richardson, 11, made significant progress this season. His time for the 500-yard freestyle qualified him for the NSAA State swim meet. He had a season personal record in the event at the Metro meet, with a time of five minutes and 18 seconds.   

Richardson will be competing at the State swim meet on Friday, February 24.  

Jenna Pospisil, 9, also made an impressive achievement, earning a State secondary time in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 59.61 seconds. The girls’ team qualified all three of their relays into the Metro finals and were seconds away from meeting the State qualifying times. 

Azriel Carr, 12, joined the swim team last year because she had a lot of good friends on the team. She accomplished a lot this season but said she wished she would have joined the swim team her freshman or sophomore year.  

“For me personally, I think I made a lot of progress and I’m really excited to see where I take it,” said Carr. “It’s definitely high energy, there’s never really a dull moment on the deck.”  

Reggie York, 11, had a successful second swim season. At the Brownell Talbot invite on January 7 York placed first in the boys’ 100-meter breaststroke. 

The swim team members have put in a lot of hard work and dedication to their sport this season. Through the ups and downs they maintained their strong bond as one of the smaller teams in the Metro area, said Carr.  

“Mentally, it’s a really hard sport but it pays off,” Carr said. “It’s really fun and I would not rather do any other sport.”  

The Omaha North High School swim team has proved its resilience and dedication throughout the season, with numerous PRs and competitive times within the Metro. With their strong work ethic and determination, the team has set a high standard for future seasons.