Swimming Competes in CCS

Swimming found huge success at the CCS tournament this year, which took place on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.

The team, which dominated the El Camino league this year, held its own as it competed against the top teams in the area, such as Palo Alto High School, Bellarmine Preparatory School and Sacred Heart Preparatory.

“This is the first time we’ve had a real showing at CCS in a very, very long time,” junior Ian McColl said.

On the boys’ side, Ian, freshman Sean Nguyen, junior Oliver Kask and seniors Matt Orton and Adam Warmoth all competed in the CCS Semifinals on Friday. Both the 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams, comprised of Ian, Matt, Adam and Sean, passed through the prelims on Friday to take 10th and 13th respectively in the CCS Finals on Saturday.

Individually, junior Oliver Kask passed through the prelims in the 500 with a time of 4:52. Oliver took 16th overall in the CCS finals.

On the girls’ side, sophomores Amanda Choy, Paige Casas, Casey Charleton and Casey Vanneman and seniors Amanda Chron, Cathie Zhang and Alyssa Waln all competed in the preliminaries on Friday. Although none of the girls advanced to the finals, their presence at the semifinals was a huge step up from the participation last year.

The team’s overall success can be attributed to dedicated seniors and a stellar freshman class, all of which helped lead the team to victory.

“We have a lot more swimmers this year who are dedicated senior year, instead of seniors not showing up to practice and just technically being on the team,” Ian said. “And also, we have a good freshman class. Sean is incredible.”