Continuing success

SWIM With the boys undefeated, and the girls 2-3, many have qualified for CIF individuals.


Ingrid Chan

Senior Sophia Brown competes in a meet against South Hills. The boys and girls won 133-25 and 124-42 respectively.

Emily Kim, Sports Editor

The Diamond Bar High School swim team is preparing for not only the CIF individual meets but also league championships.

Although the team has one more league meet, today against Bonita, senior Michael Ahn foresees numerous Brahmas performing well at CIF Individuals along with the team at the league championships.

“The boys came out on top last year as the undefeated league champions and I am confident we can repeat the same success from last year. I am also very confident in the girls and I know that they will be able to mock the success that the boys team has had and will be able to win as league champions as well,” Ahn said via Facebook.

Several Brahmas are already being considered for CIF Individual spots with their times from previous meets. Sophomore Kevin Vargas automatically earned a spot for the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 1:57.80. Junior David Wang also automatically qualified but for the 100 meter free and the 100 meter butterfly with times of 47.52 and 52.49 respectively. Junior captain Kelsey Lloyd, although not an automatic qualifier for CIF, qualified for the All-American Swim competition with a time of 1:02.78 for the 100 meter breaststroke.

Head coach Darlys Ankeny said he expects  many Brahmas placing in the top positions for CIF individuals. On the girls side, Ankeny stated that sophomore Caitlyn Kanemitsu, juniors Kelly Cheng and Lloyd and senior Kathleen Gani have been top swimmers this season.

At the Mt. SAC Invitational on April 14-15, Lloyd placed first out of 78 girls for the 100 meter breaststroke and set a new meet record of 1:02.78. On the boys side, senior captain Preston Li, juniors Brian Lee, William Huang, Michael Lee, and Christian Park are just a few of the top swimmers.

“The underclassmen boys have played a huge role the past two years and I am confident that they are going to continue dominating next year. The girls are improving so much this season and I know that they are also going to dominate next year,” Gani said.

Although the boys have remained undefeated thus far, the girls are currently 2-3. Gani said  that the team has done well this year with numerous swimmers qualifying for CIF and expects  the team  to end the season strong.

“I am really confident that both our boys and girls have a chance of winning league this year, which has been our goal since moving to the Palomares League,” Gani said via Facebook.