Halfway through Aaron Points’ first year as Washington Community High School’s swim coach and he is already making progress for the program.


Halfway through Aaron Points’ first year as Washington Community High School’s swim coach and he is already making progress for the program.

The Washington girls competed Saturday in the Illinois High School Association sectional at Normal Community, where they swam their way into the record books.

The 400-yard free relay team, containing Lauren Dwyer, Lauren Stockton, Haley Willis and Erin Misselhorn, broke the school record with a time of 3:48.96.

Before the sectional meet, Points knew his girls had it in them to make a big splash.

“The girls are prepared,” Points said. “They’ve done their part, they’ve done what they’ve been asked to do.”

Points’ goal for the meet did not even include a record-breaking swim by his relay team.

“To beat some of the local teams that have beat us at larger invitationals,” Points said is an objective.

The swimmers Points was looking at to possibly place in the individual events were Lauren Dwyer in the 200 and 100-yard free and Lauren Stockton in the 50-yard free and 100 butterfly.

“You never know with swimming. If you’re in the last heat of eight anything can happen,” Points said.

One thing Points was sure of was the ability of his girls to swim well in both of the free relays.

“We’ll place well in the 200 free and 400 free,” Points said. “They’ll do well. I don’t know if they’ll place top three and obviously it’s a far reach at this point because they haven’t dropped as a team enough for a relay team but the thing is, they’ll all be back next year so it would just be good to have them get some experience and swim well.”

The new Washington swim coach also had hopes his team could pull out 100 percent best times.

“They might not all score team points but just that camaraderie to be able to swim together and support each other,” Points said.

Though the team may be small in stature, Points is proud of the way they have carried themselves.

“They’re hasn’t been a lot of back-fighting or typical girl clicks,” Points said. “I think they’ve supported each other well.”

Points has seen a great level of commitment in his girls and with many of them returning next year, the team can only go up from here.

“I think a couple of the girls have committed to try and swim year round to help not only maybe swimming, but some of them that do more than just swim, to kind of cross-train,” Points said. “That’s what’s going to help the program grow.”

The level of commitment was the highlight of the season for Points, due to the relatively new nature of the program.

“Their level of involvement was equal to their level of stated commitment,” Points said. “The team is young, so you make those commitments and it becomes more of a committed program.”

Points is now gearing up for the boys swimming season, which begins Nov. 22 with the first practice.