The Swim and Dive Team beat Ballard tonight by a score of 121 to 43. The Tigers won all three relays and had plenty of individual winners. This was their first dual meet of the season, and it stretches their win streak into a fifth season.
The individual winners tonight were senior Heyward Harrison (100 Butterfly), freshman Aldan Johnston (200 Freestyle), junior Clayton Forde (200 IM), senior Trey Hubbuch (500 Freestyle) and senior Zach Carrico (100 Breaststroke). The winning relay teams were:
200 Medley: Harrison, Barnum, Mundt, McDermott
200 Freestyle: Harrison, Schulten, McDermott, Carrico
400 Freestyle: Harrison, Schulten, McDermott, Carrico
The Tigers’ toughest competition of the night came from Ballard senior Branson Smith in the 50 and 100 Free. Not only is he one of the Bruin’s fastest but he’s also an early favorite to win those events at the state meet this season.
Smith out-touched Schulten in the 50 by .02 seconds and beat Mundt in the 100 by .4 seconds. Since most swimmers are coming off of no rest and a difficult in-season workout, these Wednesday-night meets won’t predict how a swimmer will look in the postseason. However, the Tigers should have some confidence based on how well they swam against Smith tonight.
The team is back in action on Saturday for their road trip to Nashville. They swim against a couple of teams from Tennessee.
The swim team is looking to add a 27th straight state title and 5th straight undefeated season to its list of accomplishments. They began their journey yesterday at the Intrasquad Meet, in which only St. X swimmers compete.
Senior and captain Heyward Harrison won the 50 Butterfly and the 50 Backstroke. Senior Trent Schulten won the 50 Freestyle, and junior Keefer Barnum won the 50 Breaststroke. Junior Michael Miller won the one-meter diving.
The team has been practicing since the first day of school. Now, the season is finally upon them. Practices have been “brutal” according to senior and captain Zach Carrico. He says there is a lot of pressure to continue both streaks. As tough as the coaching staff has been, they are still very supportive.
“The coaches have put an emphasis on pointing out what we are doing right. It’s been really helpful to the attitude of the team,” says Carrico.
In addition to the focus on supporting the swimmers, Coach Larkin and his staff want to put a lot of effort into technique and fundamentals. To do so, they “implemented a new filming program using iPads, where Coach [Manny] Nieto records our stroke, analyzes the footage and plays it back to us,” said senior and captain Nick Yates.
“This new program is invaluable because it gives us a view of our stroke and technique from outside the water and what we can do to get better,” Yates said.
As if video sessions, practices and team-bonding sessions weren’t enough for the swimmers, senior and captain JD Mundt says they also train with Coach Joe Tronzo in the weight room. The swim team is doing most of the same lifts as other teams, with an emphasis on legs.
In between the hard work, the team still has found time to enjoy themselves and to bond as a team. They played ultimate frisbee and water polo a few times, and they also have impromptu breakfasts after Saturday-morning practices.
Not all swimmers work out on campus, though. Many club swimmers train outside of Hubbuch Natatorium. Harrison assures that “St. X swimmers on Lakeside have been working very hard.”
It was a successful beginning to what should be another exciting season.