Ally Armbruster: taking Mercersburg swimming by (blue) storm

By Hadley Sherbacow

Sports Editor


 

T
he beginning of each season brings with it the chance to experience a new sport and a new team. However, this is not the case for seasoned swimmer, Ally Armbruster. Swimming is a lifestyle for Armbruster, who has been competing in the sport since the age of seven. The sport even factored in her decision to come to Mercersburg.

When asked what drew her specifically to Mercersburg swimming, she responded, “The history of Mercersburg’s swim program and the coaches.” Armbruster has been on the team since her junior year, when she swam at Easterns in the 200 yard individual medley finishing in a time of 2:13. Armbruster has since dropped four seconds from that time and swam this event at Easterns this year where she came in 6th place with a 2.09.

The team support is essential to the overall experience of swimming and succeeding at Mercersburg. Armbruster stated, “[It’s] the bond we all share, but really we’re with each other for the most part, and I’ve been with some of these people for the past three years so we have become really close and like a family.”

Armbruster competes in a mix of events, such as freestyle and butterfly. When asked how she prepares for a race she responded, “The most important thing is to really swim your own race, don’t doubt, and have confidence in yourself.”
Armbruster hopes to swim in college. Her competitiveness and team spirit display what she first saw in the Mercersburg swim team when looking at Mercersburg and will only continue to add to the history of the swim team and its legacy.

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