Swim team swept with four-level domination in League match against San Gabriel

Senior Brandon Tu (black cap) charges through his event to contribute an overall win for Boys' Varsity. COURTESY TO ALUMNI JUSTIN YOUNG
Senior Brandon Tu (black cap) charges through his event to contribute an overall win for Swim Boys’ Varsity. COURTESY TO ALUMNI JUSTIN YOUNG

Swim team has capped first in all four categories in both boys’ and girls’ JV and Varsity teams against its critical match against San Gabriel at Rosemead Aquatic Center. Throughout the season, the team has been strengthening themselves through constant lap drills, uphill conditioning, and technique improvements to perform its optimal best against any school. As expected, the results of all those intense training showed at this very duel-school match against San Gabriel.

Captain Sam Anzai was unfazed by the scores. “We basically trained all year round,” Anzai said. “The decisive wins. . .showed that our hard work has paid off.” Anzai competed in countless matches during her four years of competitive swimming, but she regarded this match as another personal trial for her team. “I always feel very excited to see my teammates drop time,” Anzai said. “Or just do well against other teams in general.”

During the competition, Junior Katherine Chen, a third-year member, recalled the close ties in several events, such as in the relays. In the 200-medley relay, the girls’ JV teams of both schools had close calls with the first leg “50-back”, but the Lady Aztecs managed to pull through in first place. “The league. . .is cut-throat,” said Chen. “We have to maintain where we are. . .[and the swimmers] still have to swim hard and do their best.”

Scoreboard tallies the overall points earned by each team where Mark Keppel (MK) dominates over San Gabriel (SG) in all four teams. COURTESY TO SAM ANZAI
Scoreboard tallies the overall points earned by each team where Mark Keppel (MK) dominates over San Gabriel (SG) in all four teams. COURTESY TO SAM ANZAI

The scoreboard totaled the team’s’ victories as JV girls swept with a 121-32 win, JV boys with a 119-35 win, Varsity girls with a 138-31 win, and Varsity boys with a 136-34 win.

The team will face Bell Gardens in their next away match at Schurr High School on April 27th! Chen encourages all to come out to support the team’s endeavors during the remaining Almont League season!

Tiffany Leung
Web Editor At The Aztec

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