Swim dives into league
by DANA NAVARETTE
Hoping for a win in their seventh meet of the season, the swim team will compete against the Bishop Amat Lancers March 31 at home.
Yesterday, the Spartans swam against the Gabrielino Eagles at Smith Park, but scores were unavailable at press time.
“As a first-year swimmer, I feel that swimming is unique because I have never swam competitively before,” said junior JV swimmer Justin Hernandez. “So far, I enjoy the sport because I am reminded every day as to how much more potential I have by looking at my teammates.”
On March 21, the Spartans competed at the Raider Invitational; the girls received the title of overall champions. The Spartans also competed against the El Rancho Dons on March 20, winning with scores of 112-33 (boys JV) and 121-16 (girls JV).
The Spartans competed against Cathedral March 18and won 104-36 in the boys JV division, but they lost 73-98 in the boys varsity division. The team also swam against Gahr March 13, and won in both the girls JV and varsity divisions with scores of 116-33 and 105-60, respectively. However, the team was defeated in both the boys JV and varsity divisions, with the scores of 80-71and 91-78, respectively.
“I think we are doing great as a team; we are very supportive of each other. As an individual player, I am definitely improving and adjusting to the new workouts and new coach; however, I can improve by trying a little harder at practices to prepare myself for my races,” said freshman Marisela Oliva Silva, varsity swimmer.
Hoping for improvement, the Spartan swim team competed in their first league meet March 10, against the Mark Keppel Aztecs. They lost in all divisions, with scores of 118-34 (boys JV), 90-64 (girls JV), 127-42 (boys varsity) and 114-57 (girls varsity).
“I think that we’re doing fantastic. Our girls are better than what they were last year, and I am looking forward to league finals,” said JV Coach Jordan Lee. “The boys have improved maybe more than the girls; we just don’t have very many of them.”