As the GSB Swim Program rebuilds its numbers, the 2022-23 season was highlighted by strong individual efforts and a persistent determination to get better each and every day.
This year’s Knights were headlined by standouts Margaux Scott ’24 and Nathan Jiang ’23. Scott, who holds three school records, continued her storied GSB career as the top scoring female swimmer (48 points) while qualifying for both the Skyland Conference and Somerset County Championships. Jiang also qualified for the Skyland Conference and Somerset County Championships in his sophomore season, becoming the Knight’s top male swimmer (71 points) while breaking the school’s 100-meter backstroke record with a time of 1:01.00.
The full 2022-23 roster included senior Akshay Patel; juniors Margaux Scott, Samantha Tighe, and Lily Walker; sophomores Nathan Jiang, Deshan Kawatra, and Emily Titsworth; and freshman Gurnoor Pakka.
“I am so proud of this group of athletes because of the hard work, commitment, and dedication that they showed for the whole season,” said Head Coach Mike Schaefer.
“They all understood that our road would not be easy, but they came in every day looking to learn and improve. They worked hard, they trained hard, and they definitely saw the pay off when it came to dropping time and getting faster every day. I could not have asked for a better group of kids to spend this time with during this season.”
Coach Schaefer was especially grateful to his captains, Akshay Patel ’23 and Margaux Scott ’24, for their leadership this season.
“Akshay and Margaux were amazing,” said Coach Schaefer. “They helped lead our team through our highs and lows throughout the season and kept this team running strong. We might have been a small group, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of those 2 individuals, we were definitely a mighty group.”
With only one senior departing the program, Coach Schaefer is looking forward to rebuilding the program with returning and incoming athletes.
“Our number one goal is to continue to grow our program. In 3 seasons, we have broken school records a combined 20 times and sent multiple swimmers to Meet of Champions. We look now to get back to the top of the Skyland Conference and hopefully make a run next season.”