Swim and Dive: Team looks for improvement down season

After a dominating win against Northwest in their last meet, swim and dive’s second dual meet of the season pitted the girls against Sherwood and the boys against Northwest on Dec. 17. “Sherwood is a really fast team, especially the girls’ team, so we were expecting the meet to be really tough,” senior Maddy Adams said.

In the first event, the boys’ 200-yard medley relay, a team consisting of freshman Leo Seen, sophomore Evan McLaughlin, junior Aaron Lazar and senior Jonathan Yune finished second with a time of 1:46.72, just 4.01 seconds behind first place. The girls’ 200-yard medley relay also did not disappoint, as a team consisting of freshman Grace Li, sophomore Joy Shi and juniors Cece Zhao and finished in third with a time of 1:57.10, 12 seconds ahead of the next finishers.

In the boy’s 200-yard freestyle, senior Eric Lu dominated the competition placing first with a time of 1:52.73. In the girls’ 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Joy Shi finished just outside the top three with a time of 2:07.43, only six seconds behind the first place finisher. In the 200-yard IM the boys did not disappoint as juniors Daniel Wang and Jonathan Odim took two of the three top spots, second and third respectively, with times of 2:03.39 and 2:09.17. The girls took the third place position as Zhao finished four seconds behind first place with a time of 2:17.61.

Both the girls and the boys were commanding in the 50-yard freestyle; for the girls, freshman Laura Chen finished fifth with a time of 26.42 while for the boys, senior captain Jeffrey Qin finished in first with a time of 22.71 and Lazar coming in a close second with a time of 22.83.

In the deep end of the pool, the boys took two of the top three diving spots with freshman Riley Jordan scoring 121.2 points and sophomore Joel Shapiro scoring 78 points. The girls took second and fourth place as junior Lily Parker scored 122.3 points and sophomore Kelly Kimbis scored 107.1 points.

Although both teams battled hard and dominated most of their events, the girls’ team lost 141-44 while the boys’ team were victorious, winning 96-89. “The girls lost, but we’re not going to let that bring us down. We made up for it in cheering for our teammates louder than Sherwood,” Adams said.

The team’s next meet was against Quince Orchard on Jan. 6, too late to be included in this issue. “We are excited for the QO meet because we believe we have a high chance of winning,” captain senior Jeffrey Qin said.

 

Maxwell Redding

Staff Writer

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