Swimming and Diving pulls ahead

By Casey Kim’20
Swimmers prepare to dive during meet. Credit: Casey Kim’20/SPECTRUM

Swimmers and divers have started the season with confidence and high expectations of success. Water polo players, who were required to join the swim team, participated in the first meet along with the swimmers and divers on March 2.

“Last year the girls won CIF Division I, so hopefully we will win again. This season will be good competition for the girls,” JV swimmer and water polo player Abby Wiesenthal ’20 said.

All athletes competed in the first meet of the season against Crespi Carmelite High School and Palisades Charter High School at the Upper School. The Wolverines got off to a great start in the season-opening meet: boys’ varsity and JV teams defeated Crespi, girls’ varsity won against Palisades, while the girls’ JV team lost.

Swimmers said they are confident for the rest of the season after their successful first meet.

“We have ramped up our training slightly since December, and we’ve been training really hard. I think it has set us up to do well, and it seemed to pay off at the first meet. I think that we have a good shot at winning most of our meets, only because we have so many strong freshmen coming in, and all of our seniors are really good as well. We’ll be able to top the whole Mission League,” girls’ varsity swimmer Eve Hookstratten ‘20 said.

In the next two meets, against Saugus on March 7 and Chaminade on March 9, both the girls’ and boys’ varsity teams won, and advanced to 3-0 for the season.

The Justin E. Carr Relays Invitational honors a Harvard-Westlake swimmer who died on Feb. 22, 2013 during swim practice due to an undiagnosed heart condition. The girls were the Friday Night Lights Champions at the invitational, while the boys took second place.

The boys’ varsity and JV teams suffered their first loss to Loyola High School on March 16. They were able to recover during their next meet against St. Francis on March 23, as both the boys’ varsity and JV teams were triumphant.

The girls’ varsity swim team continues its undefeated streak, while the boys’ currently have an overall record of (4-1), as both teams have begun the season with a strong start.

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