Sports: Braves Swimming Dives Into the Season In Style
by Ethan Gibbs
The St. John Bosco swim team is looking forward to the remainder of their season, as they are off to a hot start with one of the most talented rosters they have had in years.
Bosco’s swim team has begun their season with a great start, as they have two wins and only one loss overall. On February 24th, Bosco started their season against West Torrence, which ended up being a loss with a score of 53-117. Despite the loss, it pushed the Bosco swimmers to train even harder.
“Winning easy meets is a result of our hard work put into our training. When we do lose it motivates us to learn from our mistakes and to get better and faster,” said co-captain senior swimmer Joshua Joson.
The next meet was against Warren, and Bosco came out on top securing them the first win for the swimming season 115-55. Senior athlete and co-captain Joson placed first in the 200 meters and the 100-meter breast. Another senior and co-captain Jack Woodson placed first in 100 meters back and 100 meters free.
Bosco’s next opponent was Cypress on March 8th. Fresh off of their first win of the season Bosco swimmers carried that momentum into the next meet. It ended in another win for Bosco, 103-68. Marco Uribe, Tyler Baligad and Joshua Joson all placed first in the 200-meter medley relay.
Bosco’s swimmers are in the water practicing for two hours five days each week. The practice consists on average about 3000 yards every single day. Some athletes such as Josh, Marco and Nico will participate in club swimming outside of Bosco to help them train all year round.
Bosco’s strongest swimmers are the captains, Joshua Joson and Jack Woodson. They set an example for the whole team to always do their best and lead the team in warm-ups. Coach Jeff Powers, the head coach of the swim team, strives to make his athletes the best competitors they can be. He pushes them at practices to be the best they can be as an athlete and a Bosco student.
“You can just kind of switch off your mind, forget about your problems sometimes and concentrate on your workout,” said Coach Powers.
The swim team is preparing to continue their success as they still have 14 games before the prelims start. Bosco is training to win a CIF title this year, as they have the talent to do so as well as the dedication.
Bosco swimming’s next meet takes place on El Dorado starting at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th. The rest of their season’s schedule can be accessed HERE.