Pictured are the five seniors on the Lincoln-Way North ...
November 04, 2013
Senior night can be bittersweet for teams and coaches. It's a celebration of hard work and accomplishments as well as a final farewell to seniors who for the last time have the home advantage at their high school.
"Part of me is really excited," said Lincoln-Way North swimmer and senior Morgan Parkinson. "But part of me is really sad."
North girls Swimming and diving had its senior night meet against Lincoln-Way Central High School on Thursday, Oct. 24.
"We have awesome seniors," said North coach Kendra Will. The five seniors — Niki Beringer, Missy Wortell, Ellyn Waleski along with Parkinson — have been team members for all four years and part of sectional and conference title teams. All of them have been Swimming on club teams for years, she said.
Junior Elyse Pratl has to hold back tears when asked about how it will be next year after her best friend and teammate Parkinson graduates.
"That's hard to think about," she said.
Pratl said she's enjoys Swimming with all her teammates, but since starting high school she's been especially close with Parkinson. The two have been Swimming together since they were in elementary school.
The pair is very competitive and both say their relationship provides motivation in the pool and support outside of it.
"It's very healthy competition," Pratl said. "We push each other a lot."
And sometimes they use the promise of food to push each other for a better time, Pratl said.
Parkinson hopes to swim in college and to form similar relationships with her teammates after graduating from North.
"It will be a lot different," she said of not having Pratl to push her. "That's pretty scary."
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