One thing noticeable about the long and storied tradition of Salesianum School is how close the students at the all-boys school in Wilmington are.
Sals junior swim team captain Chris Recchione IV is proud to be a part of that tradition as well as another one — winning state championships.
Last month, Salesianum captured their seventh straight state swim title, sending another senior class off with a bang.
Chris sat down with the Community Pub to talk about the expectation of success and what he likes about Salesianum.
Q You recently won the seventh straight state title for your school. What does it take to continue to have this run of success?
A Every year, we know we have a great team and we just tell our freshmen to step up. We swim against really tough teams during the season to test ourselves and then when it comes to states, we just leave it all in the pool.
Q What do you think makes swimming as unique as it is? What separates it from other sports in your opinion?
A It’s an individual sport, but it’s a team sport as well. When you’re in the pool, you’re working hard to get the best results and as a team, everyone is pushing each other to work hard and keep going.
Q How old were you when you started swimming and what got you started?
A I was 11 years old when I started swimming at the local community center during the summer, but when I was a freshman here, I went to the swim meeting and all the seniors convinced me to sign up.
Q What do you like about attending Salesianum outside of swimming?
A It’s a brotherhood between all of us, you have to experience it. When you come here, you’re just one person, but by the end of four years, you’re friends with everybody and you can trust anybody with just about anything.
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