Faster Times Improve Swim Season for Larger Team

Freshman Chris Sanchez swims freestyle at district 27-6A championships. Photo by Austin Cohea

By Austin Cohea | Big Stick Editor |

In a small but still much larger than last year’s team, 75 percent of the swimmers improved their times at the last pre-district meet, setting them up for the district 27-6A championships Jan. 25 and 26.


While no one qualified for region this year, the team did make great strides on their times.
Junior Mathew Swanson made TISCA this year.

“I’ve dropped a lot of time I’ve worked really hard to get to districts and almost to regionals on my 100 backstroke,” Swanson said, “so hopefully next year I can take the next step and get to regionals.”

Newcomers to the team improved as well.

“Somebody telling you what to swim is weird but you get used to it,” Freshman Chris Sanchez said. “When I first started I was really slow. I got used to stuff like flip turn, I gradually shaved off a couple of seconds at a time, a lot actually.”

Since swimmers spend a lot of their time together, at two hour practices, at meets that last all day, the swimmers develop a bond over their years on the team.

“It’s not a team sport but you can feel the team spirit,” Sanchez said.

The whole team’s goal is to beat their times.

From the men’s swim team taking first place in a relay, to Mathew Swanson making TISCA, the swim team made great strides to better themselves.