Boys’ Swim Is Out-Touched by Warriors in Last Home Meet


Helena Hu

Sophomore Jun Kim swims in the butterfly portion of the 200-yard medley relay with juniors Bryce Nishikawa and Belal Ibrahim and sophomore Justin Pai swimming the backstroke, freestyle and breastroke, respectively. The swimmers obtained a 2nd place finish with a time of 1:42.93.

Helena Hu, Centerspread Editor

After a close race, boys’ swim (2-6-1) lost its last duel meet against Woodbridge High 91-79 on April 17. Although the team ultimately ended the season with a defeated league record, many of the swimmers had personal victories that kept the spirits of the team high.

The score was close for the entire meet, but the Warriors secured their win as they consistently took first and second in the final relays.

“I think overall, we did a really good job because we’ve cut down on a lot of the missed events; boys’ varsity has especially come together as a team for relays and just keeping everyone hyped up because we’re always neck and neck until the very end, so it’s just very important for the team to stay mentally focused,” captain and junior Jason Chen said.

Most notably, many swimmers were able to achieve their best times of the season. Junior Bryce Nishikawa obtained a new personal record with a time of 2:05.25, and sophomore Justin Pai swam two CIF Division 1 consideration times with a 21.74 and 47.85 in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles, respectively.

“I wasn’t so concerned about the CIF times as I was about improving myself,” Pai said. “I’m a firm believer in just doing my job and letting the rest take care of itself; I was just happy that I improved.”

Although the team was not able to secure any league wins, the swimmers still made a statement by coming close to beating Woodbridge High. The team has continued to use these duel meets to work towards their goals for the PCL meet today and for CIF in May.

“Some of the goals that we had set at the beginning of the season were that we want at least one girl and one boy individually to qualify [for CIF], and we want all three relays for boys and all three relays for girls to qualify,” coach Kellie Lawicki said. “So far we are in a really good position to do that, and we’re very excited. Then next year, hopefully, we’ll have people finalize and get more individuals in too.”