Multiple Teams · Strong Start to Swimming Practices


A group of swimmers swimming down the lanes in an indoor pool.
Westerville South Swimmers doing sprint drills to start off regular season practices. (Photo by Rob Lahoda)

Under the guidance of new head swimming coach C.J. Morabito and assistant swimming coach Kristy Lahoda, the boy’s and girl’s swim teams have finished preseason practice and are ready to start regular season practices leading up to the season-opening meet on Friday, November 30, at Thomas Worthington.

Optional preseason practices started in September and many students took advantage of the extra time to get into form for the season. With the regular season practices starting, the coaches are excited to have the whole team present for practices. With many multi-sport athletes and students participating in other activities, the start of the regular season practices marks the first time that the whole team will be together. “I think we’re going to start seeing the team really take traction now that we’re all together and moving forward” Morabito said.

Morabito is looking forward to seeing each individual swimmer grow and develop throughout the season. “I’m really focused on technique and teaching proper technique and building proper form, I believe that athletes who swim well will ultimately be capable of swimming faster.” The school has a new strength and conditioning coach, Chistan White, who is working with the athletes on developing sport-specific strength to help with overall performance and agility. “So all of those things, between teaching,… drills and then what we’re doing in the weight room, I think are going to come together to make a much stronger team,”  Morabito said.

A Westerville South swimmer swims freestyle
Kerrigan Morrison swims freestyle during the first official practice for the 2018-2019 Westerville High School Swimming season.(Photo by Rob Lahoda)

Coming in for her first year as the Westerville South head coach, Morabito is focused primarily on building up the culture and success of the athletes. “In high school swimming, kids have the potential; if they really want to, they can learn, and I think the amount of progress we could see…over the course of a 4 year career is incredible. I think the potential is limitless.”

Ultimately, Morabito is excited to encourage and engage the athletes in their training and competing with a goal of building and expanding the overall culture of the team. “I think if we ended the season with a team full of kids who are excited about swimming and ready to come back next year, who can reflect back on the season and think about it as a positive experience where they’ve…grown, that would be a success.”