Written by Leisha Clendenen
When the League schedules first came out, having the toughest meet of the year in early March was not ideal. However, like a true wolf pack, the swimmers preserved and battled their way until the end. Everyone was given the task of “Fighting for every Finish” and with many swimmers competing in races for the first time, the Wolves endured and continued to swim best times.
Despite losing at the JV level with a score of 112-58, freshman newcomer Isabelle Szeto made her presence known in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:35.96, showing she is able to move into more consistent role for the JV squad.
On the boys’ side, with a score of 137-32 Kenneth Hansen had a highlight swim of the meet for his coaches, competing well in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:34.37.
Year after year, the King and Santiago girls dual proves to be the most dynamic of the season and even with a mighty loss of 102-68, each lady made sure each race was not handed to but fought for. They were led by teammates Quincy Cechini, Molly Thornton, Abby Nguyen and Lauren Vitort, who were just out touched in their 400 relay to place second. The Varsity Boys lost by a narrow margin of just 10 points- its closest ever against the Sharks- with a score of 90-80.The boys relays teams certainly helped in this cause, led by teammates Vince Madarang, Matthew Howard, Gabriel Clemons, Blake Dennis, Ethan Kolb and Zachary Thelwell., and Sam Xu.
With the losses, the Wolves left Santiago with more time improvements, CIF times, and united in true wolf pack form. With League titles still on the line and in view, the team and coaches want to continue to build momentum for peak performances at the end of the season.
The team looks forward to competing in its first home meet next Wednesday at the Wolves Aquatics Center against the Cougars of Norco.