Swim and Dive trumps Stone Bridge on Senior Night


Senior Night started early in the morning for the seniors on Thomas Jefferson’s Swim and Dive Team (TJSD) on Jan. 4, as underclassmen brought an assortment of breakfast foods and treats to fifth period classes.

An annual tradition organized by the juniors on the team, the event excited the members for the meet against Stone Bridge that night, in which both teams scored victories.

Due to the absence of a dive team on Stone Bridge’s side, scores were only counted for swimmers. The boys’ team won 238-77, leaving them undefeated and prime to beat the Madison Warhawks, the reigning Patriot District champions, on Jan. 11. Several events were swept, and the Colonials won every single event on the boys’ side.

The Jefferson girls’ team had an equally victorious night, going 224-82 over the Bulldogs. The Colonials won nearly every event, including all three relay events.

Prior to the meet, the team celebrated the seniors with recognition ceremonies and gift bags, organized by the juniors on the team. Each member of the team also received a TJSD Senior Night T-shirt with the seniors’ names on the back.

“We settled on certain gifts like towels, snapbacks and marshmallow shooters and coordinated the senior breakfast, consisting of everything from fruit and yogurt to donuts and bagels,” junior Will Ashe said.

With Friday’s results, the boys’ team remains undefeated with their overall record 5-0, while the girls’ team is now 4-1. However, the meet against the Madison Warhawks on Jan. 11 is anticipated to be a close one.

“The Madison meet is huge because we are always equally matched. We only won the girls’ meet by 2.5 points last year, and this face-off shouldn’t be any different,” senior co-captain Andrew Draganov said. “We’re trying to get a big crowd for this one to get our swimmers extra rowdy.”