Five swimmers qualify for CIF before Mission League Finals

Aaron Lyons

With five swimmers having already automatically qualified for CIF, the varsity boys’ and girls’ swim teams exited Mission League Championships April 29 fueled with motivation for CIF Prelims May 12.

Henry Copses ’14, John Chu ’15, John Copses ’14, Alec Hsing ’16 and Colin Lynch ’14 have all qualified for CIF with automatic times over the course of the Mission League season.

Prospective swimmers who either have the consideration times or expect to qualify are Bryanna Lee ’15, Sydney Wong ’14, Brennan Lee ’17, who is going for a relay. Johnny Hooper ’15 made consideration for the 50 free at CIF Preliminaries April 28.

“The season has been going very well so far,” captain Lynch said. “I feel that this is the first year we have been successfully able to create a good team dynamic through team hangouts. In the prior years there was no real “team” feeling because swimming is such an individual sport.”

The girls’ and boys’ teams have scored 4-1 and 3-2 respectively in the Mission League this season and both hold overall records of 5-2, culminating in League Championships, results of which were unavailable as of press time.

“We’ve definitely had our ups and downs this season, and some really fast swims,” Lydia Weber ’14 said. “One of our weakest meets this year would have to be our home meet against Notre Dame. Even though we lost, I still think that the Loyola/FSHA meet was an important meet for us as a team. They’re toughest competition every year and we gave it our all this year. “

The Wolverines have adjusted their training in preparation for CIF.

“Most swimmers have been cutting down on the intensity of [their] training in preparation for the Mission League Finals with the exception of the CIF swimmers, who will train through Mission Leagues and taper for CIFs,” Lynch said.

In their second season under head coach Jonathan Carroll, the teams’ will aim to build upon their CIF run in 2013, when seven Wolverines reached CIF Finals.

“We have all of our fastest girls swimming the 200 free relay at Leagues,” Weber said. “Hopefully that will lead to a CIF qualifying time. Just yesterday at practice a couple of girls were trying on some full-body fast-skins to wear at Leagues as well – a second can make all the difference.”