Successful Swimming Season

Swimmers dominate the region 11 meet.

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Successful Swimming Season

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Photo: @juandiegoswim Twitter

Photo: @juandiegoswim Twitter

Juan Diego’s swim team was very successful at the region 11 meet. The boys took first with a score of 392, while the girls took third with a score of 217.  Fighting sickness and working through soreness and fatigue are the way of swimmers…This year that paid off having placed 13 of our swimmers in the state meet.” said Juan Diego swim coach John Moran.

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This dominance was no surprise, as the team has been putting in a lot of work and helping each other throughout the way. “I would credit my team’s successes to would be not only putting in the time and effort but also help to bring each other up so that everyone feels apart of the team,” said senior James Gustat. James was a big part of the success at this meet, having multiple first place finishes. “The best relay I did was the 200 medley relay with my fellow captain and senior Ian, and two juniors, Will and my brother Alexander,” said Gustat. This relay was completed nine seconds faster than the second place contender.

This team is not your average team, though, as they are tightly knit together like a family. “I would credit my success in swimming to my coaches for constantly pushing me to be better than I already am, and to my teammates because without them I would be swimming for nothing,” said junior Alexander Gustat, who, like his brother James, was a big part of the success at region.

Region was a huge success, but now the athletes look forward to continue this success into state. “I am preparing for the upcoming state championships by eating healthy and working out twice a day,” said Alexander. “How I am preparing for state is having my practices not be so intense so that I can be primed and ready for state,” said James. “I look forward to the experienced swimmers finishing up strong. They know what to expect and have confidence that they will perform well. I always enjoy when a new swimmer goes through their first seasonal plan and has huge time drops after resting and tapering and shaving. That part of swimming will never get old.” Moran said.