Our own Blue Rays swim team took on the El Cariso Dolphins for their final meet of the school year on May 10, and once again they competed in an Olympic sized pool. Sixteen members participated in the meet.
“I was really happy to see our kids excited about swimming in an Olympic size pool again,” said Aquatics Director James Granados. “Earlier this season they were intimidated by length of the pool; this time they couldn’t wait to get in!”
Great swims were posted by Alonso Fittipaldi, 11, who took second place in the 50-meter backstroke with the time of 52.08 seconds, and Jonathan Ong, 10, who just missed grabbing first place in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 47.72 seconds. Alexis Duran’s birthday was the day of the meet. She turned 11. Her teammates made sure to take time during warm-up to sing happy birthday to her. Later, she participated in the 50-meter butterfly and backstroke, and in the 100-meter freestyle. Sebastian Vasquez, 11, posted a time of 1 minute, 39.31 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, shaving almost five seconds off his personal best time!
Following the meet, the Blue Rays headed to a nearby park to play and enjoy a pizza party, courtesy of their parents. “This group has been one of my most dedicated group of swimmers in my seven years of coaching the Blue Rays,” said James. “They are going to be great role models for our new upcoming swimmers who plan on joining the summer swim team.”