Swim Crushed by Rowland HS

SIDNEY WONG

STAFF WRITER

 On March 19, swim suffered a loss against Rowland HS with a score of 102-243.

 Girls scored 48 points, while the boys scored 54 points. This meet proved to be extra difficult, as Rowland is the team’s biggest league competitor.

 According to co-captain Charley Jackson (12),  the team performed well despite many factors that prevented them from competing their best ability.

 “Considering we started season practices late and many swimmers were missing today, we did [generally] well,” Jackson said. “[Nonetheless], I still think our team would be stronger if swimmers were more dedicated at practice.”

 Due to this loss, the girls lost their undefeated streak in the league.                           

 Additionally, swimmer Madeline Gaitan (12) believes the best way to improve in future meets is to focus on drills and technique during practices.

 “Personally, I always ask my coach what I can improve on and the team should take advantage of that,” Gaitan said. “[We could] improve on underwaters and turns because I noticed that is where we get passed up by [the opposing team].”  

 Despite the loss, co-captain Jonathan Han (12) thinks this meet should be a learning experience for the team and they should focus on advancing to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).

 “Although I believe everyone tried their best, there is a lack in dedication during practices,” Han said. “[Individually], I would like to practice my breathing patterns so I can reach my [personal record]. [My ultimate goal] this season is to get as many swimmers to advance to CIF as possible.”

 Swim will compete home against Baldwin Park HS on March 27.

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