WATERTOWN - When she addressed her Watertown High School Boys’ swimming and diving team prior to the first practice in preparation for the 2021 season, coach Bryanna Murphy focused on a simple two-word message: Have fun.
“That is really my only goal for this season,” said Murphy, who is now in her third season. “I want the boys to have fun and enjoy themselves, because we need a lot more of that right now!,” Murphy, in the understatement of the year, added,
The 2021 Indians will have a wait a little longer than expected to begin having some fun, as the schedule has undergone some renovating.
Watertown’s scheduled February 12 opening meet against Sacred Heart High School and February 17 meets against Holy Cross High School, both at Kennedy High School, were postponed; the hoped-for attempt to get underway will now be against the Wilby/Kaynor Tech Co-op team on Tuesday, February 23, a virtual meet beginning at the Reinhold Poll at WHS at 3:30, then shifting to Wilby’s Gil Cyr Natatorium at 5:30 p.m.
The Indians’ schedule February 19 meet with Seymour High School was moved up to Monday, March 8.
Leading the way for the Indians this season will be senior tri-captains Mateo Raidhi, Matthew Pieger, and Gianni Spiotti.
Murphy, a former WHS standout whose overall career record is 12-11 will be assisted by Beth Wolf and diving coach Jen Nugai.
Also being counted on in his return is junior Andrew Warren, but for now, Murphy is thankful that. more than wins or losses, the will be closure to their high school careers for the Class of 2021.
“I’m very excited that the seniors get to have their final season,” said Murphy, “and although it may look very different at least it is taking place, something for which we can all be grateful!”
Coach Murphy has hit on two important themes: Being grateful and having fun - hard to disagree that they are things we do need a lot more of right now.