SPORTS: Boys Swim Strives To Meet Team, Individual Goals
By Chloe McCullough – Staff Reporter
The boy’s swim team is excited to dive into its winter season.
With many meets upcoming throughout January and February, the team has many goals that they are hoping to achieve.
There are a total of 14 meets this season, including two meets against crosstown rival Foran. Members of the team are excited by what they have seen so far.
“I believe our team will be very strong in SCCs because of the returning players that swim offseason and the new swimmers that are getting better everyday at practice,” senior captain Manar Almidani said.
Almidani and the rest of the swim team hope to have more wins than losses this year and to have everyone on the team individually make states.
Head coach Ms. Kizavul also has aspirations for this upcoming season.
“Last year we went 4-8, which is the most wins that we have had in a long time,” Kizavul said. “Our swimmers are doing very well and most are reaching or beating their best times in practice”
Kizavul pointed out that there are many swimmers who stand out this year, and hopes that they will lead the team to victory. Those swimmers include Molly Mercaldo, Jake Gwirtz, Daniel Dormez, and Drew Ancheta.
“Last year we lost a few valuable members to our team, and I believe that this year if we train hard, and everyone is put in the right events, that we will be able to succeed,” Mercaldo said.
Mercaldo and Gwirtz are three-year members of the team. There are some new swimmers who are hoping to help the team win meets as well. Those swimmers include juniors Kyle Shugrue and Carson Carr, as well as freshmen Andrew Frenzel, Carson Carr, and Daniel Dormez.
Frenzel is enjoying his time on the team so far, and hopes to help the team break records and win races.
“I hope that I can win a race this year, and I hope for the team to exceed some standards that were set beforehand,” Frenzel said.
The swim team is very enthusiastic about the upcoming season, and the promising success that will come with it.