As the cold winter season comes to an end, the AHS swim team is once again jumping into the pool and training for their upcoming Almont League season. After finishing in fourth place last year with a record of 4-3, the team, as well as new Head Coach Adrian Lopez, are working hard in order to improve from last year’s season and send some of their athletes to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs.
“The team is hungry [for competition] and they want to work really hard,” Lopez said. “As long as we keep up our work ethic, I feel like we will have a great season.”
The team practices at Granada Park from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekday, working on breathing techniques, endurance and speed. According to Lopez, the team has had a terrific 3-1 record start in preseason, with varsity victories from the boys’ and girls’ teams against Sierra Canyon, Workman and Pioneer High School. Lopez also claims the team still has the capacity to push themselves harder in order to achieve their personal goals.
¨I feel this season will end great. Right now we are training new swimmers on techniques and drives [in order] to perfect their stroke and make the most out of every stride,” junior Macy Chung said.
The team’s first two league meets were on March 13 at Smith Park against the Gabrielino Bald Eagles and the Bell Gardens Lancers on March 20 at Bell Gardens High School, both games resulted in a loss. The team currently has a league score of 0-2. Their next league game will be on Thursday, April 8 against Schurr High School at Alhambra Park.