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Staples girls’ swim team laps up school records

Photo by Katie Settos
In high anticipation and excitement, the swimmers prepare to launch into the water as the crowd cheers on.

On Monday Oct. 21st,  the Staples girls’ swim team snagged another victory against Fairfield Warde, adding to their 6-2 record this season.

“We went into the meet knowing that it was not something to write off as being easy. Warde is a good team,” swimmer Helena Giaume ’15 said. “But this year we are incredibly strong.”

With great confidence and immense talent, the girls won the meet 104-80, stroking to first place in the 100m freestyle, 500m freestyle,100m breaststroke and the 200 individual IM events.

“This team has a tremendous amount of spirit. They work hard, which is why they do so well,” swim coach Mike Laux said. “It’s a pleasure to coach them.”

Among the many victorious swimmers, Laux said he is especially proud of Verity Abel ’14, one of the star senior captains who broke her 100th school record for Staples after lapping to success in the 100m freestyle.

“I am thrilled that I can contribute that to the team and to its history,” Abel said. “Especially at a meet that was so valuable to my coach.”

Not only did this meet mark a major achievement for Abel and her team, but also for Laux who gained his 100th win in his history of coaching the Staples girls’ swim team.

“He’s great at balancing the efforts of a team and an individual because swimming is mainly based on personal goals so it’s hard to keep a solid team,” Giaume said of Laux.

Yet with great dedication and support he achieves exactly that according to Giaume.

Under Laux’s wing, the Staples girls’ swim team will compete in another meet against Norwalk for their annual senior day on Wednesday Oct. 23rd before heading back into the pool for FCIACS.

With ten girls currently in line for state cuts, Abel said she is confident the team will race extremely well, “The girls have been training very hard and accomplishing amazing things…it’s very exciting.”

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Katie Settos, Creative Director
While many students at Staples spent their summers bumming it at Compo beach, Katie Settos was busy hiking the tallest mountain in Northern Europe. Katie spent three weeks of her summer on an action packed, challenging, and frankly dangerous backpacking trip through Norway; but that’s just the type of girl she is. No challenge is too big of a challenge for Settos, even if it means spending six hours climbing a slippery glacier in sub zero temperatures. Katie was totally up for test of spending half of her summer completely disconnected from the rest of the world: “I really like the outdoors, even though I’m not a sporty person.” Settos explained that her backpacking trip was one of the best experiences of her life, and that she was so glad she decided to go on it, “I just love a good adventure.” When Katie isn’t spending her summers going on adventures all over the globe, you can most likely find her designing fashion and sketching. Katie is a dedicated artist and describes her time drawing as “a distraction from school and stress.” Art is her happy place, a time where she has a peace of mind. Katie’s passion for fashion is fitting for her position at Inklings as the Creative Director. She gets to design, assemble, and put her own creative twist on almost every issue. So if you ever see Settos in the hall, make sure compliment on her amazing art abilities that help make Inklings what it is today, but also give her chocolate peanut butter ice cream; it’s a staple in her everyday routine.

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