Swim and Dive: Optimism runs high for start of upcoming season

The swim and dive season has come to a close as the team finished with a strong performance at states. This was the final meet for the seniors whose leadership has helped the team be successful this season.
The team performed well with the boys’ coming in 12th place out of 31 teams and the girls coming in 21st out of 35 teams.
In the boys’ 200-yard freestyle, senior Alex Li came in fifth. In the boys’ 500-yard freestyle Li also came in fifth, and Junior Eric Lu came in 12th. In the boys’ one-meter diving, freshman Quinn Westwood finished sixth. Also, in the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of seniors Daniel Chen, Justin Zhou, Li, and Lu came in 10th earning a score of 26 points. Many of the swimmers for regionals were sick and unable to swim during the meet. “Even though we were missing many swimmers, the team still performed well and many people qualified for states,” Lu said.
In the boys’ 100-yard backstroke, Chen finished 14th place points and sophomore Aaron Lazar finished right behind him in 15th place. In that same race, senior Will Sherman finished in 19th. In the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay the team consisting of seniors Jordan Matus, Li, Lazar, and sophomore Brian Xi came in 14th place. The boys’ team finished with 131 points, 243 points behind the first place finishers, Gonzaga.
In the girls’ one-meter diving, senior Regan Westwood came in fourth. After finishing in first in the girls’ 50-yard freestyle swim-off, senior Lillian Henry finished the final in 19th. In the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay the team consisting of Henry, sophomores Rita Zhang and Celestine Zhao, and freshman Larissa Tsai came in 16th. The girls’ team finished with 31 points, 280 points behind the first place finishers, Walter Johnson. Although the team struggled for wins early in the season, they still finished off with a bang. “I thought we had a really fun season and the senior class was always inspiring us to do our best at every meet,” junior Lauren Woodward said.
Although the team will be losing many quality swimmers next season, the future is still bright with a talented junior class coming up the ranks for next season. “I think we will be successful next season and it should be a very fun season,” junior Jonathan Yune said.

Ryan Ullman

Sports Editor

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