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Springstead Swim Team Splashes Another Win

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Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

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On September 18, the Weeki Wachee boys and girls swim team competed against Springstead at Hernando YMCA. The swim teams gathered together, cheering loud to show their team spirit. Parents, family, and friends sat in their travel chairs that surrounded the pool’s outer edge to cheer and show support for their kids. 

“It was a good meet on both sides,” said Kara Mance, head coach for the Eagles swim team. “Weeki Wachee had kids cheering the whole time. It was great, and it was a good competition for our kids.” 

Springstead Boys and Weeki Wachee Boys competed on September 18, at Hernando YMCA.
Springstead Boys and Weeki Wachee Boys competed on September 18, 2021 at Hernando YMCA. Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Springstead has been excelling throughout the season. The girls are leading the way, winning all five of their meets, and the boys have won two meets but unfortunately lost against Crystal River and Citrus High School.  

Mance is going into her second year as head coach as she guides her swimmers to reach their ultimate goal.

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“Our big goal is to get as many kids as we can to regionals, and hopefully, that should happen this year,” Mance said. “We have a great group of kids. Every day they come to practice, they work hard and it is starting to show.”

Swim meet scores 


Springstead 91 and Weeki Wachee 54


Springstead 115 and Weeki Wachee 54

Springstead boys fell to Citrus High School 85-58 on Sept. 30, while the Lady Eagles came away with a win over Citrus 128-37.  The ladies also beat Lecanto 90-89 on Sept. 24.

Springstead’s upcoming meet is October 9th against Nature Coast Tech at Hernando YMCA, and Meets begin at 6 pm.   

Alice Mary Herden
Alice Mary Herden is an award-winning professional photographer and writer focusing on nature and wildlife. From 2008 to 2021, Alice has owned Green-Fly Media LLC, a freelance photography business. She freelanced for Hernando Sun for five years covering sports, community, and environmental reporting. Alice was nominated for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting for articles published in Hernando Sun in the Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper Contest. She placed second for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting and was awarded first place in Portfolio Photography in 2018 and took home first place in 2019. She was awarded the Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Portfolio Photography in 2018. She published three online magazines, Voices to Visions, a Dust and Shadows Magazine, which featured haunted locations and interviews with paranormal celebrities. Football Magazine was the first minor league football magazine in the state of Florida based on the United Football Federation football league that featured game coverage, interviews including former NFL players and College Coaches. She also created RAW- Real Amazing Wildlife featured nature and wildlife photography. Since 2015, Alice has been a volunteer at Chinsegut Conservation Center located in Brooksville, Florida. She helps with programs as well as organizing nature photography workshops. Alice is also a co-organizer for the yearly event ‘Chinsegut Wildlife Day’ and the ‘Wild Florida’ Photography Exhibit. Alice obtained two career diplomas, Wildlife/Forestry Conservation and Freelance Writing, from Penn Foster in 2019. She completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program core module courses: Upland, Freshwater, and Coastal Systems through the adult education UF/IFAS Extension program to obtain her Master Naturalist certification in September of 2020. She completed the Land Steward and Restoration Courses to obtain her title as an Advanced Master Naturalist. In September of 2020, Alice enrolled in a course at Cornell Lab Bird Academy to obtain her certification in Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology, which she completed in October 2020. In January of 2021, Alice was hired for a part-time position with FWC as an Educational Specialist and in June of 2021 hired as Sponsored Project OPS for UF/IFAS in Hernando County. She is back writing for Hernando Sun and continues to publish photography and nature writing on her blog- FloridaNature.Net. Alice is married to Donald Herden Jr and resides in Weeki Wachee, Florida, with their two dogs, Bree and Willow.
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