By Sam Scinta
There are few things more quintessential to summer than taking a dip in the pool to cool off in the middle of a hot day.
For most, a day in the pool is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, but for the members of the O’Fallon Breakers Swim Team, it’s a passion they spend months refining and take great pride in competing in.
This season, the Breakers again took to the pool to pit themselves against some of the best youth swimmers in the St. Louis region, and their efforts could not have been more successful.
O’Fallon posted a perfect 8-0 meet record, earning the team the Dual Meet Championship. The Breakers, coached by Kim Eddy with assistance from Killara Williamson, Jessica Hattan, Max Gibbs, and Katie Slaughter, also went on to put their perfect record to the test in the Midwest Swim Conference Team Championship, bringing home the championship to crown the program as the best in the league.
“The kids never let their record get to them,” Eddy said. “They stayed focused on each meet, keeping the task at hand. I’m really proud of them for that.”
The Breakers opened their season with a 395-135 road win over Freeburg on June 12th, scoring the highest number of points in the league for the day, well ahead of Highland’s 357.5. O’Fallon followed that performance up with a 357-171 win over the Dorchester Dolphins two days later, also on the road.
O’Fallon kept the good times rolling with a win over the Hilltoppers on June 19th during the Breakers’ home opener before rolling over Scott Swim 350-177. The Breakers then hit the road again to take on Kings Point, again swimming to an easy 390-137 victory against Kings Point on the 26th.
Two days later, the Breakers faced off against county rival St. Clair, and O’Fallon had little trouble moving their record to 5-0 ahead of the team’s matchup against Trenton, who the Breakers cruised past 404-118.
The pair of wins set the stage for O’Fallon to face off against perennial powerhouse Highland, who came into the meet in staunch competition with the Breakers for first place in the league standings. Again, however, the Breakers used their depth and ability to win by almost 200 points, beating Highland 356-174, moving the team within one win of a perfect regular season.
The Breakers then dispatched of Westhaven to wrap up the 8-0 record ahead of the Conference Championship.
In the final meet of the year, Breakers Girls (981) finished in 3rd place overall behind Highland (1,168) and St. Clair (994) while the Breakers Boys scored an astonishing 1,247.5 points to win their heat over Highland (936.5) and Freeburg (553).
O’Fallon would get the program win based on the combined scores, however, as the team combined to score 2,228.5 points overall, beating Highland (2104.5) and St. Clair (1,498) to round out the top three.
“It was a great way to end a great season,” Eddy added. “The future is bright for swimming in O’Fallon, and these kids are why. They work really hard, respond to coaching really well, and push each other to be the best swimmers they can be. It’s been a great group to work with. And our coaches should get a lot of credit too, because they put in a lot of hours to make this team the best they could be.”
They’re already looking forward to next summer, where they will hope to build on one of the best years in program history.