Niagara Gazette


October 9, 2012

Sliwowski sisters leave mark on Niagara Falls swim team


Niagara Gazette — “Most people ask if I like swimming with my sister,” she said. “I look at it more competitively. It’s not only fun, but we get to race against each other.

“I like it because we have that competitiveness. We want to push each other to do better. But you’re also racing your twin, and one has to win. There has to be a winner and a loser, and it brings out the best in both of us.”

Jenna followed in her sisters’ footsteps early on. She joined Whitewater as an 8-year-old, but wasn’t into swimming as much as her sisters as she grew older. She stopped swimming in sixth grade and decided to try other activities, including dance. When she entered high school, she decided she wanted to be on a team with her sisters again, which is when Maynard decided to try her on the diving board.

“Jenna started in the pool as a swimmer, but as the years progressed, we noticed there might be some talent on the board,” he said. “She had a dancing background, which helped, and she looked very comfortable the first few times she dove.”

“Dancing really helped my diving,” said Jenna, who’s been on the board for three years now. “It really helps me control my body and it’s a little easier to pick up some of the movements.”

Emily and Erin said they were glad their sister found her niche.

“It’s a whole different feeling watching Jenna dive,” Emily said. “I could never get up there and do that.”

“It’s really cool to watch,” added Erin. “To go up there and do flips with twists, I could never do that.”

The girls do get to work together once a meet, though. Maynard has all three girls swim in his 200-meter freestyle, or sprint, relay. It allows the girls to put their competition and the difference in their events aside.

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