Swim & Dive Season Preview

Swim

With a quick start to the season, this year’s swim team hopes to reach even higher accomplishments than their last few seasons. The Falcons have a ton of returning seniors including Nick Smith ’18, Sam Trujillo ’18, Olivia Busch ’18, Sierra Martin ’18, Maddie Mercer ’18, Espy Razo ’18, Julia Dudensing ’18, Cesar Lopez ’18, Andy Chen ’18, Zack Byrne ’18, Rachel Li ’18, and the two collegiate commits: “The Triton” Owen Hunt ’18 (UC San Diego), and Kristina Murphy ’18 (San Diego State).

These seniors will be a big help to the team, strengthening the program with their four year swim team experience and long lasting legacies. Mercer plans on dominating in backstroke while Murphy, who holds the section record for 200 IM with a 1:01.83, will set even more records this year. Byrne’s quick flow in 100 breast will blow every competitor out of the water as he will beat his quick times. The Men’s A 200 Medley Relay will overbear all others with Chen at backstroke, Byrne at breast stroke, Hunt at butterfly, and Sam Noonan ’20 at freestyle. Aly Roberts ’19 will be returning to help the Falcons with her long distance strokes in the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and a quick sprint with the 50 freestyle. Many sophomores will come to play as Tylee Schaedler-Harrison ’20 will swim varsity 50 freestyle, and Noonan will be swimming the same. Emma Busch ’20 will be swimming 100 butterfly, McKenna Purdy ’20 will be swimming 500 freestyle, and Dean McCord ’20 will be swimming breaststroke. This will be the year Christian Brothers High School puts up a fight against returning league champions Rio Americano. Come support them at their first meet Friday March 6 at the Woodcreek invitational.

Dive

The spring sports are back once again and the Christian Brothers Dive team is ready for the upcoming season. The Falcons have one of the largest teams they have seen in many years with a whopping fifteen people, with returning divers Poppy Ruyak ‘19 and UCSD commit Owen Hunt ‘18 leading the fresh faces. With only one day on the boards, the team has learned the basics and show promise of a great season ahead. After their first practice, seniors Mariah Villanueva ‘18 and Esperanza Razo ‘18 were astonished at the new sport.

“You definitely learn so much,” Espy says. “It was very friendly and even if you make a mistake everyone is supportive.”

“It was fun, but you have to be willing to just jump,” Mariah added.

It will be a fun season as the team prepares for their first meet against Casa on March 14 at their home pool in Rio Linda.