Pam Raila is going back to her roots.
The co-op girls' swimming coach for Brien McMahon and Norwalk high schools from 1988 to 2004, Raila walked away from the profession to focus on her own rowing career. But now she's back and excited to be leading the team again.
"I left it because sometimes you get a little tired, and I was rowing at the time and I wanted to see where I could take that," Raila said. "They always say go back to your roots and my roots are in swimming, so I said why not give it a shot?"
She's still getting familiar with the swimmers on her new team, but Raila already recognizes that depth will be a team strength.
"When you go to a dual meet, depth is everything because you move your key people around to compete against other teams," Raila said. "You find their areas of weakness and you want to make sure you're strong in that area."
The squad will be led by captains Lauren Czulewicz and Annamarie Ceci, both freestylers.
"We have some great leadership among our seniors," Raila said.
"A lot of these girls have been swimming on club teams, so they're so versatile," Raila said. "So picking events for them will really depend on who are competitor is and what they have."