Aqua champions

Aqua champions

Eric Wong

Boys varsity swimming wins league championship after perfect season

With 12 boys on the varsity swim team already qualified for the Central Coast Section competition, the league championship meet was not about personal records or pride.  Rather, it was about trying to claim a much deserved league championship title after compiling an undefeated season.  

Two years ago, the boys varsity swim team had an undefeated season also, but they lost to Palo Alto at the league championship meet. 

This time, the team came together and captured the title, finally breaking Palo Alto's streak of five consecutive league titles. The boys swim team jumps into the pool, shirts and all, with coach Ron Freeman to celebrate their league title.  Photo courtesy of Nicolet Danese.

"We were skeptical," junior Alex Bagdasarian said. "It was close, but then the biggest turn [of the meet] was in the 500 free, where we had guys finish second, third and fourth instead of second, fifth and seventh, like we thought."  

This victory came as a result of team effort and some standout individual performances such as junior Danny Yusem's second place finish in diving, which is the only event not based on time.

Freshman Kevin Su was especially impressive, qualifying for CCS in five individual events: the 50 yard freestyle, the 100 yard freestyle, the 200 yard freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 100 yard breaststroke.  Because of the rules for CCS, Su will only be choosing two events: the 100 yard breaststroke and the 100 yard freestyle.  In addition, he will be competing in two relay events at CCS. 

"A lot of [what led to victory] was our coach, Ron Freeman," Su said.  "He strategized the entire meet, and overall, our team spirit was good."  

Reflecting on the win, Freeman was especially proud of what his team accomplished this year. 

"We have a number of guys that have been on varsity for all four years," Freeman said. "They came close as sophomores, but now that they're seniors, maybe they wanted it a bit more this time."

With victory secured, the boys are preparing for their last meet of the season: the CCS championships. The preliminary round is on May 21 and the finals are on May 22.