Sports Spotlight: Naomi Ebstein and Liz Hathaway

By Mark Garrity
Published: December 2008

The girls’ swim team is looking to improve this year after winning two meets last season. Two major factors in the team’s success this season are captains Liz Hathaway and Naomi Ebstein. The team has some really promising freshmen according to Ebstein. “Two freshmen swam really fast in time trials, and there were lots of other solid swims from the freshmen. We also have Ellen Barrett who should be a very strong addition to this team, Ebstein said. The team hopes that these additions will lift the Lions team to a winning season.

Liz Hathaway competes in the 100 back, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, and usually one of the free relays. She has improved a lot over her career, and she credits that improvement to “being around such positive attitude and support. She has been on the swim team since her freshman year, and that first season was very special to her. She was a member of the 200 medley relay that broke a school record. She says that her favorite memories include “bus rides over to the away meets, the fog over the pool, or any of our team dinners.

“IHOP will always hold a special place in the teams heart she said.

Hathaway is very happy with the new coach and thinks that he will lead them to victories in the future, but she also said that the old coach helped her career. “She helped me a little bit with my stroke, and she put together a lifting program for the team.

Hathaway has high hopes for the season and thinks that the Lady Lions will win more meets this year than they did last year. Hathaway plans to keep swimming after high school.

Naomi Ebstein has been working hard with fellow teammates to prepare for the upcoming season, “People have been swimming and doing a lifting program in order to stay in shape.

In addition to these lifting sessions, the captains have stepped it up and held three captains practices a week to do some dry lands and get everyone into shape.

Ebstein also has good things to say about the new coach: “We have a new coach who we are all really excited about. It has only been four days of practice, but he really seems to know what he is doing and we are improving our technique.

The new coach has brought excitement which they hope leads to victories, and improvement: “Most of our improvement just comes from the excitement of having a new coach and the excitement of having more than six girl swimmers.

Ebstein competes in the 100 yard butterfly, 100 yard breaststroke, 200 yard medley relay, and either the 200 yard freestyle relay or 400 yard freestyle relay, but she also fills holes on the team when they are in need.

“We would like to send some relays and individuals to the sectional and state meets, Ebstein said. “We also hope to win some meets and see some improvement from people. My freshman year, and again two years ago, we broke two of the school records so it would be really cool if we could break another record this year.

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