No break for student athletes

Ryan Chae, Sports Editor

While high school sports are on summer break, multiple Brahmas on the swim, golf and tennis teams continued to make their mark, as they were named to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune All Area First and Second Teams.

In boys swim, junior David Wang headlined as the Swimmer of the Year, and won the 500 Free title at CIF-SS. Also making the paper’s first team were senior Prestin Li, junior Michael Lee and sophomore Kevin Vargas. In addition, juniors Brian Li, William Huang and Matthew Waddell and sophomore Dylan Hou made second team, while  sophomore Nathan Chow was an honorable mention. The boys team had a strong year, finishing first in the Palomares League with an undefeated record.

On the girls’ side, three Brahmas were selected for the all-star team. Senior Kathleen Gani and junior Kelsey Lloyd made first team while junior Kelly Cheng made second team.

“It’s been pretty cool being able to be named first team because the competition in our division gets harder, and the girls get faster and faster every year,” Gani said.

Outside of the swimming pool and onto the green, multiple Brahmas from the boys golf team were recognized for their success. Junior Thomas Lee and sophomore Sam Cho made first team, and sophomores Leo Lu and Brian Chui made second team. In addition, freshman Ethan Thomas was an honorable mention. Led by head coach Tony McCabe, the team had its first undefeated league season in nearly 20 years.

“It feels good to know I was recognized as a good player. I feel accomplished even though it wasn’t my best season.However, I did my best, and the results came out positive. That’s all I can ask for. I’m going to only work harder from now and come back even stronger,” Lee said.

Out on the tennis courts, senior Neil Tengbumroong made first team for his fourth selection in four years, but head coach Carl Flint stole the spotlight as he was named as the SGV Tribune Coach of the Year. Flint led the Brahma to the Palomares League title in his second year after taking over for David Hamel.

“Coach Flint is the most deserving. I think he was able to condition us well at the beginning of the season. Throughout the season, his uplifting words, encouragement and openness to different techniques opened up more opportunities for us, in both season and CIF,” senior doubles player Vinay Bhupatiraju said.