JV ended their season with a bang — or a splash — on Saturday, April 22, at the Garden Grove Invitational. This season set a great precedent for the next with an abundance of personal improvement and team spirit. Michelle Huynh (11) says, “The best part of the season was when other swimmers cheered their friends on and other friends from different schools came to support. It was nice to see parents and others come together to support our swimmers. Coach always said to swim fast and people would cheer in the background.”
The Argos are also celebrating individual successes. Lisa Ly (11) shares, “Minhanh Trinh improved the most this season. She goes to every single practice, lots of meets, and is always willing to learn. She’s been practicing long distance due to most of her events being 100 or 200 freestyle.”
Andrew Castrejon (12) adds, “Humberto Navarro was able to drop his time by 17 seconds.”
The Varsity swimmers wrapped up their season last Thursday at League Finals, hosted at GGHS. Girls secured second place, a mere six points behind La Quinta in first. Boys’ Varsity took third place, with the La Quinta boys ahead in second and Los Amigos finishing in first.
Not winning League hasn’t deterred the Argos from appreciating the other victories of the season. Varsity girls’ captain Kassidy Tran (12) says, “Honestly, the best part of this swim season has been earning myself personal records and watching my teammates improve. I got to swim with a bunch of my amazing teammates and even though we didn’t win League, I couldn’t be more content with this season!”
Boys’ captain Eelee Hong also echoes this sentiment: “We had a small, young team, and had only about four seniors compete this year. What makes me most proud of the new Varsity members this year is that they became their own swimmers. There weren’t a lot of seniors this year, so most of them would say that we lost our best swimmers last year. But in the end, they became their own ideal swimmers, and filled the roles of the old and became the best at it. I told them at League finals that we didn’t lose anyone good because they’re all here with us right now, and they still have one more year to inspire others.”
League finals saw many personal victories: Zach Pashkutz shaved fifteen seconds off of his time in the 500 yard that week, a feat Eelee describes as “almost impossible,” and beat Los in the event at finals by .12 seconds. Jessica Vo (12) was inspired by Kassidy Tran’s performance, saying, “I thought that I was going to see her lose for the first time, but in the end, she pulled through and out touched the girl and got first.” Mikayla Winfery (12), sums up the meet in what she shared with her teammates: “Just because today isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it has no purpose.”
Congratulations, Argos, on an amazing season!