By JOSEPH NAGY
Waking up at five in the morning to take a bus at six from University to UCR, the varsity swim teams headed out to meetup with the other division 1 schools in the South section of CIF. Having placed in the top 36 for every event, the boys team has advanced to the finals which will be held on Saturday. The girls team who was has had to deal with injuries to key swimmers will only be returning for a few relays.
Only one member of both teams was able to place top three in an event was captain Andrew Knoell (Sr.), who placed second in the 100 yard freestyle. He was able to shave almost a full second off his seeding time with a time of 44.75, trailing first place by .2 seconds.
Another key swimmer was Caedon Ng (Fr.) who swam in four events including the 400 yard freestyle relay and 200 yard medley relay. The medley relay was the only relay event out of both teams to have placed in the top 10 placing 9th.
Going into the season ranked 2nd in OC (Rankings by OC Varsity), Boys swim had a lot to live up to. Without star swimmer George Horvath (Sr.), the likeness of the Boys team winning CIF faded.
Head Coach Ryan Van Wydeven commented, “We should finish top ten in finals on Saturday and I wouldn’t expect to finish below seventh.”
With finals being on Saturday, and State on the 19th and 20th, swim season is finally coming to an end. Having set league records last week at PCL finals and making it to finals on saturday, boys swim shows no signs of slowing down.