Lambert has boasted the strongest swimming program in the county for quite some time, but that hasn’t stopped them from striving to be better.
In hopes of bringing the Longhorns to a new level, head coach Kerry Langely made some significant changes this season. The club has adopted a new training regimen, one that includes Olympic-style exercises that have proven highly successful.
The kids now go to yoga every Friday—a practice that isn’t mainstream in the swimming world but has substantial benefits, most notably injury prevention and improved core strength.
These changes, coupled with a talented collection of students, helped the Longhorns win this year’s Forsyth County High school Swim Championship, their fifth in a row.
"This success is now expected from us," said Langely. "We do the best we can do. One of Lambert’s mottos is Longhorn Pride. This Pride is whether we can win or not, but getting that win has us feeling pretty good."
In total, Lambert’s swim team has 98 students, 24 of whom are seniors. Three of those seniors will go on to swim at the collegiate level next year: Megan Bestor for the University of North Carolina, Aubrey Jones for the University of Kentucky and Gentry Anderson for George Mason University.
"The team atmosphere is great," Langely added. "We train so hard and expect to win. Winning the county tournament felt great."
Not only did the Longhorns win on Sunday—they dominated. The women racked up 764 points in the 24 events, 209 points ahead of second place. The men finished with 720 points, 252 above the runner-up.
South Forsyth went on to earn second in both boys and girls competition. The West men placed third, followed by North, Pinecrest and Central. The North girls finished third, followed by West, Pinecrest and Central.
As the season winds down, Lambert’s girls will be seeking their second Class AAAAAA championship. The boys, a young group on the rise, will look to make a run of their own and are expected to only get better over the next several years.