After tiring practices and weeks of hard work, swimming took home a huge win in the Cathedral/ Loretto tournament. The boys won the invitational for the second year in a row and the girls had a huge improvement from last year, coming in second place.
Head swim coach Emmanuel Gardea says the meet was a great way to start off the season, showing where the team is strong and where it could improve.
“It puts us in a really good position going into the season,” Gardea said. “It lets us know who’s working hard and who needs to pick up the slack.”
Gardea has many goals this season and he, along with his swimmers, plan to accomplish them. “Our goal this year is to win both men and women district titles, have good showings at regionals, and have some state qualifiers,” Gardea said. “Our senior captain Anthony Fraga has been putting in a lot of hard work, he’s really showing his leadership to the rest of the team.”
Senior captain Anthony Fraga credits their success to the fact that everyone worked together as a team towards one common goal; winning the invitational for the second year in a row.
“We all came together as one unit,” Fraga said. “We were all equals going out there and swimming our hardest, swimming our fastest, for one goal, and that goal was achieved in the end.”
Fraga hopes this win pushes the team even closer together and motivates them to be stronger than ever before. “We definitely want to keep and grow our united front because it is key and essential to our success.” Fraga said. “Without it, practices are dull and meet performance is nowhere near where it was this week. We want to push each other to be our best.” Fraga swam his season best in a 200 yard freestyle this past week.
Senior captain Sunny Montes hopes to win the district title for girls swimming this upcoming season.
“We haven’t won districts in a really long time,” Montes said. “That’s definitely our goal this year.”
Montes feels both excited, yet sad knowing this will be her last year swimming for Eastwood. “It’s bittersweet,” she said. “Bitter because it’s the end, but sweet because the girls are as strong as we’ve ever been.”
Boys' and girls' swimming continue to work hard and will be competing in the SISD Invitational on Nov. 16.