Individual athletes go far in CIF playoffs, set school records

Joe Levin

After a regular Mission League season in which the boys’ swimming team went 2-3 and the girls’ swimming team went 3-2, individuals on both teams went far in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs. The girls also went 4-3 overall, while the boys finished 3-4.

Both the boys and girls’ teams finished 17th overall in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs. The girls’ 400-meter freestyle relay team set a new school record with a time of 3:33.52, and Alec Hsing ’16 finished third overall in the 100-meter breaststroke final.

“CIF was a great experience since I got to see how fast the rest of California was compared to our own league,” swimmer Marcus Tse ’17 said.

John Chu ’15 finished in 10th place in the 100-meter freestyle in the inaugural State Championship swim meet May 17 with a time of 46.17.

Wesley Chang ’17 and Claudia Wong ’17 also competed in the state meet.

Wong finished in 15th place in the girls’ 100-meter freestyle race, and Chang finished in 22nd place in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Many swimmers attributed their team’s success to Head Coach Jonathan Carroll, who is leaving his position as swim coach to become a seventh grade dean.
Carroll has been the head of the swim program for three years.

“We are all sad to see Carroll leave the program but support him in his transition,” swimmer Will Buford ’16 said. “He has been a charismatic, motivating and encouraging coach who inspired everyone to perform at his or her best.”

“The program will not be the same without him, but we are excited for next year and hope to improve on this season’s accomplishment.”