Swimming begins league play against Temple City

The SPHS swim team dominated its first meet of the league season against Temple City on Monday, Mar. 18, sweeping its opponents in nearly all of the events. Both JV teams overwhelmingly won by over 100 hundred points, while varsity boys’ beat the Rams 120-49. However, varsity girls’ would narrowly lose in the final few events and ended the meet with a 85-82 defeat.

Varsity boys’ took an early advantage with 1st and 2nd place finishes in the 200-meter medley relay. Juniors Jo Koyama and Tim Chiu extended the boys’ lead in the 200-meter individual medley, while junior Evan Kowal excelled with a 5:15 time in the 500-meter freestyle.

Despite the varsity girls’ tight race in 200-meter medley relay, the Rams rarely claimed 1st place. Varsity girls’ continued to suffer lower placings in the 200-meter freestyle, however freshman Allysan Tse made way for the girls’ comeback with her close 1st place win in the 200-meter individual medley. Sophomore Maya Villasenor’s 100-meter freestyle rivaled Temple City’s best freestyle swimmers, propelling her to a 1st place 55 second time.

The girls were down by one point before the last event: the 400-meter freestyle relay. Even though the varsity girls were able to take 2nd and 3rd, it was not enough to acquire the lead.

The swim team hopes to continue their strong performance in their next league meet on Thursday, Mar. 21.

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