High Hopes for Eastwood Swim Team

By: Carina Licon and Lizeth Galaviz

Eastwood swimming coach Steve Flato is ready to lead his team through another successful season this year.

This past weekend at the SISD Elite meet, the boys' team came first and the girls' came in second behind Franklin. Flato said, "I was very surprised. My team usually doesn't start off so fast. It's because I've been hammering them so hard." Flato has the team improving through a rigorous practice schedule from Monday - Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30. Also, to keep them in shape, they go to the weight room every Tuesday and Thursday.

With this new season, new goals have been set for each individual swimmer. For the girls' team, senior captain Claire O'Beirne said, "I want to see how we can do this year as a team. We should improve enough to win regionals. I especially want to have my team medal at regionals." According to Flato, these goals are achievable because of the strong leadership of the girls' team captains O'Beirne and Tina Roman, and a balance of strong upperclassmen and underclassmen in the boys' team. Senior captains Colin O'Beirne and Ian Murphy each want to take more of their team to regionals this season.

Despite having started off with winning results at last weekend's meet, Flato wants to continue working on team cohesiveness, as well as trying to not fade away as they approach the middle of the season. In his 32nd year of coaching Eastwood's swim team, he is ready to overcome these obstacles and make this season a great one. Seniors on the team are ready to show their coach all that they have been working so hard to achieve. Senior captain Roman said, "I want the season to go good for everyone. The seniors have something to prove their last year at Eastwood."

Boys' Swim Team: Sr. Evan Allard, So. Jacob Allard, Sr. Santi Andanozla, So. Joshua Cluck, Fr. Dehrejan Dickerson, Fr. Jorge Dominguez, Sr. Hector Gomez, Jr. Jesus Gomez, So. Matthew Gomez, Sr. Manuel Griego, Fr. Manuel Hernandez, Jr. Christopher Hibbert, Jr. Angel Macias, Fr. Eric Madrid, So. Daniel Moreno-Montanelli, Jr. Nathan Munoz, Sr. Ian Murphy, So. Mateo Nevarez, Fr. Thomas O'Beirne, Sr. Colin O'Beirne, Fr. Joshua Ramirez, Sr. Ricardo Rodriguez, Sr. Bryan Romero, Jr. Leo Sanchez, Fr. Jared Skov, Fr. Matthew Tovar, So. Hector Vinalay, So. Zach West, Sr. Zachary Williams

Girls' Swim Team: So. Alexa Cardenas, So. Cassandra Carmona, Sr. Clarissa Carmona, Jr. Vivian Carrera, So. Kiara Diaz, Sr. Paulina Dominguez, Fr. Nathalia Estrada, Sr. Idalis Gallegos, So. Ashley Hernandez, So. Kourtney Kotmann, So. Alexis Mendoza, Fr. Isabela Noriega, Sr. Claire O'Beirne, Jr. Danielle Ochoa, Sr. Mikayla Rodriguez, Sr. Tina Roman, Jr. Georgina Salas, Jr. Gabriela Velasquez, Fr. Elizabeth Williams, Fr. Julia Yescas