Brahma swimmer tops school records

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Gaby Dinh , Web Editor

Diamond Bar High School senior Jenna Lloyd has made remarkable strides in varsity swim last season. Not only did she break her own personal records, but Lloyd also broke the DBHS records for the 50 meters freestyle at 24.42 seconds and the 100 meters breaststroke at 64.3 seconds, both at the Palomares League Championships held at Mt. SAC in May.

Outside of school, she broke her personal record for the 200 medley relay for Brea Aquatics at the 2015 June Age Group Champs at 2:02.56.

“I was super excited when I found out I broke the records,” Lloyd said. “I felt that all my hard work paid off.”

This upcoming season, Lloyd is hoping to become varsity captain. To improve from last year’s season, she has practiced two to three hours a day, six days a week, over this past summer in Mt. SAC’s Olympic-sized pool for the Brea Aquatics club. Swimming since she was five, Lloyd decided to compete competitively because her older sister a swimmer.

“I felt really dedicated to the sport,” Lloyd said. “I always loved swimming around in the water.”

Lloyd specializes in freestyle and breaststroke. However, she also does well in individual medleys, a combination of freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.

Aside from Lloyd’s records, the last swim season proved to be a pivotal one in DBHS history as well. It was the first time in 16 years that DBHS, all six swim team levels, won against Walnut.

Swim also won in the Palomares League Championships.

“We have a lot of new swimmers this season, from people who just came [to DBHS] for the swim team because it’s improved a lot. The boys have definitely improved, the girls are on their way to improvement,” Lloyd said. “It should be a better season than last year.”

In addition to competing at DBHS and swimming for Brea Aquatics, Lloyd works as a lifeguard at Diamond Pointe Swim Club, where she gives swimming lessons to younger kids.

Lloyd has plans to compete competitively in college, and doesn’t plan on letting her swimming career end in high school. She has been offered full ride scholarships to schools like Syracuse University in New York. However, Lloyd may stay in California for college and is looking to swim at schools such as Cal Poly San Louis Obispo and schools around San Jose or San Diego. She is thinking of competing at the Division 1 level for swimming.

“I want to be able to drop time, continue [swimming] in college to compete with really good people and eventually try to work my way up to the national and NCAA championships,” Lloyd said.