Boys’ and girls’ swimming win preliminary league matchups

By Jonah Rosenbaum

Despite the loss of several key seniors from last year’s team, the girls’ swimming team has begun the season with a 3-1 overall record and a 2-0 league record.

“Going 2-1 to start the season is a really good accomplishment, especially when you consider all the adjustments we’ve had to make,” Marisa Berger ’10 said. “This is supposed to be a rebuilding year. 13 swimmers graduated last year and 16 the year before that. We lost a lot of heavy hitters, but we’re relying on consistent performances from our seniors which we’ve been getting and a lot of juniors have really improved,” Berger said.

In addition to the loss of so many players, the girls and boys team practice together for the first time ever, and are under the leadership of the same coach, Darlene Bible.

“I thought that might be a tough adjustment but it’s worked really well and we really enjoy practicing with the guys and pushing each other,” Berger said.

Last year the girls’ team was moved up to Division I, making the times necessary to qualify for CIF even more competitive.

“We’re just going to try to qualify as many girls as possible and see where that takes us,” Berger said.

The boys’ swimming team is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in league after a 92-78 victory over rival Crespi.

“The Crespi win was huge. We’re not as deep as we were last year so everyone really needs to work hard and that’s happening for us so far. A lot of different guys are stepping up,” Danny Fujinaka ’10 said.

The team has five more dual meets remaining to go with one invitational, but Fujinaka pointed to the team’s April 15 clash with rival Loyola as the meet that the whole team has their eyes on.

“Loyola is not just one of the top teams in the state, they are probably one of the best teams in the nation,” Fujinaka said. “They have a lot of depth so we need our best effort from everyone on the team.”

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