Varsity swim defeats Centennial
Swim defeated Centennial in its first preseason meet with an overall score of 404-272 Tuesday, Feb. 26 at home. Varsity boys won 88-82, varsity girls won 120-55, junior varsity boys won 106-68 and junior varsity girls won 90-67.
Senior Justin Lam led the varsity boys team by placing first in the 200 meter individual medley and 100 meter breaststroke with times of 2:07.10 and 1:03.18, respectively. In addition, the team won the 200 meter medley relay with a time of 1:41.35 and the 200 meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.84.
“For freestyle, I’ve always tried to emphasize a stronger pull over tempo,” senior Teddy Gu said. “I usually work on the rotation of my shoulders, the tempo I have for my legs and making sure I get a strong pull to push myself out of the water rather than just throwing my arms into the water.”
Varsity girls placed first in all of its races. Captain junior Lexi Grant won the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke with times of 25.31 and 1:01.03, respectively, and won the 200 meter medley relay and 400 meter freestyle relay alongside her teammates. Senior Kelly Poon swam a 2:19.04 to win the 200 meter individual medley and a 1:12.20 to win the 100 meter breaststroke.
“[My] times were far from my best, but the first meet gave me an idea of how much I need to practice for the next competition,” Poon said. “Meeting my teammates again and swimming with them on relays were the best part of being back at school swim.”
Swim will compete against Ayala in its next away meet Tuesday, March 3.
“The team did really well for the first swim meet,” captain senior Cassidi Harada said. “While it is the beginning of the season, everyone still had great [races], which is promising for the rest of the season.”
By Sarah Aie, Staff writer
Photo by Elise Pabon