Seniors Harrison Ray and Madison Graham pose with their aquatic acquaintance as they prepare to reveal their talent for rapping. Photo: Sarah Kitchen
The swim team is beginning this Friday with a splash. “Freestyle Friday” has gained a new meaning for the rest of the year, and perhaps for the rest of Pace history. A giant swimming pool (possibly containing sharks) lies under the FAC stage. Observing both some of our state champion swimmers display their talent and experiencing the magical rhymes of Pace’s finest rappers simultaneously will be mind-blowing.
The “new” Freestyle Friday is still a blurry concept to most students. Will the rapping and swimming alternate from week to week? Will the new activity of water sports limit time for composing raps? Fear not. Swimmers Harrison Ray, Madison Graham, Sophie Ferry and Connor LaMastra have recently revealed their miraculous talent for multitasking free-styling and freestyle.
“My inspiration was sparked by Eminem,” said Connor, a junior. Seniors Harrison and Madison plan to combine their witty minds and strong strokes to bring the entire Upper School on an “enchanting journey through the history of hip-hop,” and they have been practicing synchronized swimming as well as water aerobics to prepare for their debut. The duo seeks to showcase Jay Z as the center of their project.
Sophomore Sophie strives to tackle the barriers between upper and underclassmen that have been created by Freestyle Friday. “I’ve noticed that usually, only the juniors and seniors stand up in Friday assemblies,” she said. “Hopefully after participating next Friday, more underclassmen will gain the courage to express themselves through Freestyle Friday”.
Make sure to bring your goggles and flippers, because you won’t believe what you see as this new tradition is kicked off.