Among the strongest components of Cape May Tech's girls swim team this season are the leadership skills of senior captains Cameron Muir, Ruby Redmond, Jayne Seitz and Nicole Wright.
Each captain provides a unique form of leadership for the Hawks.
“Nicole is someone who connects really well with her teammates. She always has a positive attitude on a daily basis and is very coachable,’’ said head coach Dawn Dudley.
“Cameron is one of the hardest working girls on our team. She pushes through every practice and event she swims. She is a great example of hard work for the other girls on the team and encourages them to keep pushing.
“Jayne is a natural leader. She has an upbeat personality that the girls enjoy along with encouraging them to work harder when needed. Ruby is the all-around leader. She is a hard worker, focused on her goals, along with cheering for every one of her teammates.’’
Each captain has shown noticeable improvements in the pool thus far.
“Nicole has swam almost every event so far this year,’’ said Dudley. “She has also dropped two seconds in her Individual Medley, four seconds in the 100 Fly and two seconds in the 100 Back.
"Cameron has swam all years on our team, but until this year, she was strictly a sprinter (50, 100). This year, she has tackled the 200 free and surprised all of us, including herself, on her talent in this event. She has become one of my top 200 freestylers.
“Jayne has dropped five seconds in her 100 Fly and 10 seconds in her 200 IM since last year. Ruby qualified for CAL’s (Cape Atlantic League) championships this year in the 500 Free by dropping 15 seconds since last year. She also dropped eight seconds in the 200 Free.’’
The captains also excel as students.
“All of the captains are part of the National Honor Society,’’ said Dudley. “Nicole is majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University, Cameron is majoring in Nursing at ACCC, Ruby is majoring in Marine Transportation at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Jayne is majoring in Nursing at Drexel.’’
Helping their teammates improve in their chosen events is a major focus of each captain this year.
“As coaches, we can really only see what goes on in the pool," said Dudley, "but when the team has such a close relationship that isn’t because of the coaches, that’s because of the girls. These captains, along with so many other girls on the team, never sit down at a meet, never show anger towards each other, never show jealousy toward an event time, but instead are hugging and high fiving after each event or hard practice. There is a lot of unity in our team.’’
Coach Dudley mentioned Ally Boehm, Alice Brunner and Megan Douglass, who all have a positive presence like their captains.
“Ally is another senior who has shown hard work this year, along with a lot of time drop,’’ said Dudley. “She is also someone who is always cheering on her teammates and is genuinely excited for them.
“Megan is another senior who is super reliable. I can put her in any event in the meet, and she jumps in without complaining. She is also someone who connects well with her teammates.
"Alice is our team’s No. 1 cheerleader. She truly cares for every person on our team and wants nothing but success for us. We can always count on her keeping us excited.’’
The Hawks will compete in the Cape Atlantic League (CAL) Championships Jan. 30 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Complex, in Atlantic City.
“Last year, our team almost broke all the previous records, and this year, they are re-breaking them,’’ Dudley said.