Solid Start to the Swimming Season

JD’s swim team recently completed their second meet of the year


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Juan Diego‘s swim team shortly after competing in their meet.

Juan Diego swim recently competed in the Region 10 swim meet and did a fine job. This is their first real test, since before this, they competed in a small meet and held some practices. “We stayed really positive during all of the races we swam,” Junior Kevin Abanto said.

This meet was a good evaluation of the team as a whole and they look solid so far. “We have a lot of fresh new faces and devoted swimmers,” senior Alexander Gustat said. “I’m really excited for this upcoming season and I can’t wait to see our unity and skill will improve during the season,” Gustat finished.

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Coach Jim Moran coaches from the side of the pool.

Juan Diego performed strong in many races. Here are their best times from each event: Payton Bouwhius swam the 50 free in 25.40 and Shavaun Carlisle swam it in 28.71. Grady Lambert swam the 100 free in 1:00 and Morgan Rutledge swam it in 1:01. Joseph Shami swam the 200 free in 2:32 and Morgan Rutledge swam it in 2:22. Ethan Atzet swam the 200 I.M. in 2:35, while Bea Pascual finished in 2:52. Irvane Nelson swam the 100 breast in 1:20 and Savanna Greer swam it in 1:31. Payton Bouwhius swam the 500 free in 5:21 and Courtney Strydom swam it in 6:37.

These races were ones only one swimmer from the team participated in: Courtney Strydom finished the 100 back with a time of 1:18., Theodora Tsandes was the finished the 100 fly with a time of 1:28.

As far as team races goes, the men finished the 200 free relay in 1:42 and the 400 free relay in 3:57. The women finished the 200 medley relay in 2:15, the 200 free relay in 1:55, and the 400 free relay in 4:47.

This meet was one to evaluate the swimmers and find their strengths. It was fun for the swimmers and definitely worthwhile. “I didn’t get any personal bests, but it was definitely a fun meet,” Junior Payton Bouwhius said. “We’re going to improve by continuing practicing and focusing on our weaknesses,” Bouwhius finished.

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Juan Diego swimmers are working hard for this upcoming season.

Overall, this was a solid meet for the Eagles and they will look to keep improving as the season moves on. “We’re feeling really good coming into the season, we’ve been putting in the work at practices and it’s really been showing at our meets,” Abanto finished.