Trinity Varsity Swim Team Makes Waves Sweeping Heritage League Championship Meet!

May 1, 2017
By: Coach Mike Leathers

“Veni. Natavi. Vici.” Translation: I came. I swam. I conquered. Amidst one of the most hazardous swimming conditions in years, the Varsity swim team was able to accomplish what no other previous swim team could…They went undefeated all season and swept the Heritage League championship meet! The Knights ended the meet in First place with 170 points, Vasquez was second with 88, Saint Monica placed third with 59, and SCCS finished fourth with 38.

The meet began with the most courageous of swims. With the wind blowing 25+ mph, swimming backstroke has the potential to be very dangerous, as Sophomore Rachel Rackerby found out in the opening leg of the 200 medley relay. On severely windy days, the flags that mark distance, can sway in the wind making it almost impossible for the backstroke swimmer to know exactly where they are. Unfortunately, Rackerby experienced this first hand, executing her powerful flip turn too close to the wall, nearly coming out of the pool, sustaining an injury to her face and head. Amazingly, she did not quit. She turned around and swam the rest of her leg of the race. It was up to her teammates Jacy Rodriguez, Emma Leathers, and Hannah Rapier to bring home the gold, and they did; with each of the swimmers dropping a second in their specialties and defeating the nearest team by a full 7 seconds!!

The ladies successfully defended their Heritage League title from last year, winning 87 to 59; their nearest competitor was Saint Monica. After the dangers of the opening relay, the ladies settled into their stride. The ladies were led by Team Captain, Junior Phebe Chang, and Sophomore Emma Leathers with 12 individual points. Each earned a Gold and a Silver medal in their respective individual races, earning a place on the “First Team” all Heritage League team. Also joining them with First Team all-league honors were Sophomore Rachel Rackerby and Freshmen Paige Kim, Hannah Rapier Jacy Rodriguez. Gaining an all-league Honorable Mention was Sophomore Ayla Mouchawar with a 3rd place finish in the 200 yard Freestyle event. Julia Chen rounded out the scoring with a 6th place finish in the 200 yard freestyle event as well. Also turning in great swims this year were Sophomores Elly Froemming, Emily Bai and Daisy Zhou, and Freshman Michele He.

The next step for the ladies will be a CIF Championship spot. The ladies have CIF consideration times in each of the three relays, as well as Rachel Rackerby and Emma Leathers with Individual consideration times.

The Men’s team has had a fantastic season demonstrated by re-writing the Team and League record book, winning the Heritage League title for the first time, and defeating their nearest competitor, Vasquez High School, with a score of 83-32! Leading the men’s team again this year, despite a challenging and persistent injury, was Team Captain, Junior Zech Wolf. Wolf is the current league record holder in three individual events and is the current team record holder in six events. Joining Wolf again this year were Juniors Raul Meza and Jake Swartz, and Sophomore Sam Alfsen. Alfsen had a break-out swim in the 500 Free, setting a League as well as a team record! Swartz had a break-out swim in the 50 free, breaking the 26 second mark, and Meza also had a great season, almost breaking the 27 second mark in the 50 free. Joining the team for the first time were Junior Colin Lintereur and Sophomore Andy Li. Lintereur dove right in and captured the team record in the 200 IM, one of the most difficult events. All of the men earned all-league first team honors!

This was a great effort from a very young team!! The future is really bright for Trinity swimming!!

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