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Athlete Spotlight: Maura Beltrami

The excitement of swim season is finally here for senior Maura Beltrami, captain of Woodland’s girls swim team. The success of her last swim season has left her eager for this season. 

Beltrami swam for Woodland all four years of high school but started swimming when she was nine years old. In middle school, Beltrami swam from sixth to eighth grade. During the off-season, she swims for the Cheshire Sea Dogs; but, the fall season is for Woodland.

Beltrami’s dedication to the sport made her a record holder for Woodland in the 200 medley relay, in which she ended up breaking the record multiple times alongside her relay members. Winning NVLs freshman year was a huge contribution to her career as a swimmer. 

“That was monumental to me, and I felt included in that win,” said Beltrami. 

As an “A” finalist in the 200 medley relay, and the 400 free relay freshman year, Beltrami had gained a huge amount of self-confidence. With motivation from freshman year, Beltrami made it through an undefeated season and then to the NVLs once again her junior year. Similar to her freshman year, she was an “A” finalist in the four free relay and the 200 medley relay. To top it all off, the girls swim team came in third at states.

“It truly was the best season in Woodland history. Just that season alone had proven so much about what the program has become.”

Beltrami wants to make her senior year the most memorable of all by individually earning All-State.

“As a team, I feel like we are a really good group of girls; said Beltrami. [We have] a lot of talent and that’s what is going to make us go far,” said Beltrami.

Beltrami has full faith in the team and believes they have a lot of potential to compete and succeed at the state level. To achieve this goal, the girl’s swim team has been working hard every day at practice. 

Despite the first week of practice without defined captains, the girls persevered. 

“The girls took that in and worked with it,” said Beltrami. “Having no leader or no direction was a little hard at first, but once we established that everything ran smoothly.” 

The first swim meet of the season went well and it was a great success. The girls look up to the upperclassmen as role models and follow the legacy of being successful just like their teammates before them. Beltrami wants everyone on the team this year to try their best but most importantly live in the moment. 

“When you are a senior, you understand that it’s more than the major accomplishments. Now you look back and you are just like wow!” said Beltrami. “I wished I lived in the moment more and enjoyed the little things with the team. These relationships you have created are going to last a lifetime.”

Photo by Maddy Harte

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