Sara Peck's second season as Fairfield Ludlowe's girls swimming and diving coach has already been calmer than her inaugural campaign.
In year No. 2, Peck's focus has been more about teaching instead of learning her swimmers' names.
"I definitely feel more prepared," Peck said. "Last year coming into the season, I didn't know the girls. This year I do."
Besides enhanced preparation, Peck has had the benefit of more time and space in year two. The Falcons have practiced all preseason at the Westport YMCA and Fairfield County Hunt Club pools -- getting more time than when they shared the Fairfield University pool with Fairfield Warde -- and Ludlowe has already seen a difference.
"I did hear the girls say that they'd done better in tryouts," Peck said. "I don't know if they'd been practicing in the offseason or if they've learned to control their bodies better, but ... it's jump started our season in a positive way."
Though Ludlowe will return to Fairfield U. for the regular season, it will benefit from its preseason, according to Peck.
"It's beneficial for us to have a pool all to ourselves," she said. "This was to put ourselves in a better position when we start competing."
Peck's gained ancillary benefits from being the only team at practice this preseason. "It's a lot quieter without the Warde girls there," she said.
Ludlowe expects leadership and good showings from Scout Curtain and Acacia Galley. Curtain and Galley swim the 100-yard butterfly. Each is prepared for standout senior years.
Peck has bigger plans in place for 2013, too. After doubling their win total to two in 2012 from one in 2011, the Falcons should double their win total again in their coach's second season in charge.
"I would like to see them double their win total again," Peck said. "I would like to see their overall performances improve, even if that doesn't mean winning meets. I would like to see the swimmers grow and see them outperform what they had done."