With a strong start to the season, the Galileo swim team has been revamped this year, with the addition of a number of new swimmers, as well as 3 new coaches; Coach Chelsea, Coach Matt, and Coach Burke.
All 3 coaches have brought great experience to the team, which has been one factor in the teams early success. Coach Chelsea received a swim scholarship and swam at the University of Hawaii, while Coach Matt swam on a top ranked high school swim and club team at Berkeley, and Coach Burke swam competitively in high school.
With the new coaches leading the way, the team has high hopes for the season, which includes the team placing in the top three at the City Championships in April.
Coach Matt said, “the team is looking very strong due to a variety of swimmers from veteran swimmers to new freshman, the swimmers are also filled with potential and strive to succeed.”
Last Friday was an example of the potential of the swim team as they went across town and beat their rivals, Washington High School, in both the boys and girls varsity level.
With a total of 32 swimmers on the roster roster, compared to only 25 swimmers last year, the team is in a strong position to continue to dominate against other schools as these extra swimmers allows the team to compete in more events, and thus earn more points, helping them win meets.
The team is not only succeeding as a group, but there is also a lot of individual success so far as well. As of March 14th, seven swimmers in the top three times in individual events in the whole city. The girls have two swimmers in top three times, Amberlynn T. (SO) won first place in the girls 50m breastroke, and Ainsley M. (FR) also placed first in the girls 500m freestyle.
The boys on the other hand have five swimmers placing top three, Andrew L. (JR) placing second in the boys 50m butterfly, Lincoln T. (JR) placing third in the boys 50m breastroke, Dustin W. (JR) placing in two events boys 100m and 200m freestyle, Thomas L. (JR) who placed second in the boys 100m individual medley, and last but not least top swimmer Brosnan Tran (SR) who placed third in boys 100m butterfly.
Senior Brosnan Tran says, “the team’s relay times has been doing really well as we have placed second in both varsity girls and boys 4x100m relays, and we hope to maintain a top three position in our relays.
The swim team will hit the water again on, Friday, March 15 against Lincoln.