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Maisum Qadri, Journalism 1 Reporter

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First year Freedom swim coach and teacher, Mr. John Facciola has brought the fun back to Freedom Swim!

After teaching at Lake Braddock High School for ten years then at Gar-field High School for another ten years, this is coach Facciola’s first year at Freedom. With the swim season over, the swim team competed in a total of six dual meets.  During the conference championship meet they placed seventh out of eight teams.

Although they haven’t won an entire dual meet outright, they did have some success stories and individual wins during the season! In the meet versus Hylton, senior Thomas Downey finished in first place in the 100 yard freestyle.  Other notable finishes came from team captain, Tristan Chavez who’s a junior. He placed third in the 100 Butterfly and the 55o Freestyle.  Junior, Alex Acosta placed third in the 200 Individual Medley and the 50 Freestyle. Junior, Daniela Kasonga also placed third in the 100 Freestyle.

However, Coach Facciola has said “…it’s not always about winning. The swimmers improved so much…” and the team together encourages and supports each other to improve their swimming skills. The team has bonded over meals and in the pool this year and most will return next year.
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