STORIES BY SARAH JORAM

Final Project: UNF Swimming Seniors

Published: December 13, 2020

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October 24, 2020 was supposed to be a day full of celebration to honor the four seniors of the University of North Florida’s women’s swim team. The team was scheduled to compete against Georgia Southern University at home.

However, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, UNF Athletics made the difficult decision to cancel all fall sports competitions, and thus, Camryn Greenleaf, Hannah Cordes, Sarah Joram and Sydney Groth were robbed of their senior day.

The day should have begun with a celebration in the women’s locker room, which would have been extensively decorated in their honor. With the music blasting, singing and dancing would have occurred, followed by a pre-meet hype up speech.

Then, off to the swim meet.

Ideally, the team would have dominated. It was supposed to be senior day, after all, and no team wants their seniors to be celebrated over a loss.

Unfortunately, all of this is a distant fantasy.

However, this piece was created to honor these four young women and all they have accomplished during their academic and athletic careers at UNF.

First, Camryn Greenleaf hails from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School. Greenleaf is a sprint freestyler. As a sophomore, Greenleaf broke the school record in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 23.60. Greenleaf is majoring in psychology.

Next is Hannah Cordes. Cordes joined UNF from Miami, Florida, as a graduate of Coral Gables High School. Like Greenleaf, Cordes also swims sprint freestyle. She is majoring in biomedical sciences and hopes to become an anesthesiologist.

The third senior is Sarah Joram. Joram hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a graduate of West Forsyth High School. Joram swims breaststroke and IM. During her sophomore year, she notched best times in the 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke at the Panther Invite. Joram is a communication major.

Lastly, is Sydney Groth. Groth joined UNF from Jupitar, Florida, as a graduate of Jupitar High School. Groth swims butterfly. As a freshman, she was part of the record-breaking 200 and 400-yard medley relays, and she has been a consistent top scorer at every swim meet. She is a public health major.

As UNF prepares to allow all teams to compete in the spring, the women’s swim team has rescheduled their senior day to January 16, 2021, against Florida Gulf Coast University.

Fingers crossed that these four young women get to enjoy their senior day after all.