Dexter’s Board of Education recognized the Dexter Dreadnaught Men’s Swim Team for winning State the second year in a row, the third state win in six years. In addition to taking State, the men swimmers had the fourth highest grade point average among teams competing.
Dexter’s swim team has a reputation for being one of the hardest working teams out there. For example, over Christmas break while most of us are relaxing with family and time off, the Dreadnaught swimmers use one of the weeks to swim 120 miles. Board president Michael Wendorf, a swimmer himself and avid fan of the team, describes their daily routine:
“I think it’s difficult for most of us to imagine the rigor and discipline it takes to get up in the morning and swim for an hour and a half, go to school, take all of your classes, succeed in those classes and then, as its dark again outside in the winter, go swim for another 2 and a half hours.”
Their hard work in training is evident in the depth of their performance, but personal recognition and glory has not been their focus. As their team shirt says, it’s about “The Team, The Team, The Team.” It’s a selfless mindset that has galvanized the young men and propelled them to the top of their grueling sport.
Another notable accomplishment this season was men’s swim coach Mike McHugh’s 100th dual meet win. “It’s a passion,” he simply says.
Wendorf left the Dreadnaught Men’s Swim Team with this thought: “Long after your ribbons start to tatter and the medals that you’ve earned start to tarnish, the memories of what you’ve done as a team and friendships that you’ve built through your dedication, those are the things that last a lifetime.”
So congratulations to the Dreadnaught swimmers for their win, but also for the way in which they have gone about winning.
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