Inspired Brahmas swim past the Conquistadors

Last Wednesday’s final swim meet against Los Altos was truly inspiring as Diamond Bar overcame several obstacles to clinch the win and many CIF spots. With the competitive nature of the Brahmas, mixed with an outstanding team effort, DB managed to pull away with a victory with the boys and girls winning 87-83 and 109-61, respectively. “This was one of our toughest meets of the year. Los Altos has a very talented squad and we won this meet with the depth of our team,” coach Patrick Murphy said.

In the girls 200-yard medley relay, sophomores Amy Wong, Athena Chen, Lorelle Sun, and Junior Tiffany Cheng showed why the Lady Brahmas remained undefeated throughout the season placing first with the time of 1:58.69. Chen also, in the 50 yard freestyle, placed first with the time of 25.82 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle, qualifying for a CIF spot. Freshman Margaret Wang placed first in the 500-yard Freestyle with the time of 6:16.99. “It was a stand-up swim of the year for varsity girls,” Murphy shared.

In the boys 200-yard freestyle, sophomores John Ang, Alex Song, Kevin Wang, and junior Kevin Thai placed first with the time of 1:38.01. “The boys’ victory locks up another solid year and second place league finish, behind Walnut,” Murphy said.

Junior Matthew Sia, after losing to a swimmer of Los Altos last season, was determined to win in the 100-yard backstroke of medley relay. Sia was trailing three lengths of the race, but, spirited cheers and encouragements lifted him to defeat his opponent with 15 yards left. Sia finished with the time of 56.70 and also qualified for a CIF spot. “Spectators openly wept at what can only be described as the most inspired swim of the year for varsity boys,” Murphy shared.

DB is preparing for the league finals. “Our season is over, I think we are going to do well in the finals next week,” sophomore Jordan Lin said. Several DB swimmers are also preparing for the CIF tournament coming up.

The season came to an end but it was a season to remember. The Lady Brahmas remained undefeated with an overall record of 8-0 and a league record of 5-0, also sealing a second consecutive league championship. Boys team finished with an overall record of 6-2-0 and league record of 4-1-0. “Our squad is young, but driven. Many underclassmen swimmers performed with the determination and tenacity of seasoned veterans. We will only grow stronger and faster over the next several years, and look forward to numerous League Championships and strong CIF showing with this squad,” Murphy commented.