As the regular season comes to a close, the varsity swim team, as the Mt. Baldy League champions, are expecting big things in the CIF playoffs.
“Our teams have been dominating the pool for practically every league meet we’ve had,” junior Alethea Gani said.
The Brahmas remained unchallenged in league when they won in a home meet against Chaffey High School on April 3, where the boys won 136-34 and the girls won 140-28.
The meet against Ontario, which was cancelled on March 20 due to the weather, was moved to April 4. In the rescheduled meet, the boys won 140-28 while the girls won 137-29.
The following week, the Brahmas competed against Murrieta Valley High School and Riverside Poly High School in a tri-meet at Riverside Poly High School. The girls placed second overall with the score of 202, just behind Riverside Poly, while the boys placed first overall with the score of 246.
At Riverside Poly, the girls took first place in multiple events. Senior Valerie Chen placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Kaimin Tseui placed first in the 100-yard backstroke, freshman Melanie Wu placed first in the 200-yard freestyle and in the 100 yard butterfly and freshman Kate Li placed first in the 500-yard freestyle and first in the 200-yard individual medley. For the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, the team with Wu, Tseui, Li and sophomore Nikki Yip placed first.
The boys also came out on top in several swim events at the meet. Senior Nathan Chow placed first in the 100-yard freestyle and first in the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Matthew Chai placed first in the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Vincent Cheng placed first in the 100-yard backstroke and first in the 100-yard butterfly and senior Kevin Vargas placed first in the 200-yard individual medley.
The boys swept the 100-yard breaststroke with Vargas and juniors William Tan and Cyrus Phan taking first, second and third, respectively. DBHS also dominated the boys 200-yard freestyle relay and the boys 400-yard freestyle relay, placing first in both events.
Diamond Bar gained another win at its away meet against Don Lugo on April 10 with the boys winning 138-26 and the girls, 99-53.
According to Ankeny, the boys have performed well overall in almost every swim event, but one event they have trouble with is the 50-yard freestyle. Ankeny also said that the team has a couple of girls who can swim in any swim event, but the total number of girls on the team is still low.
The swimmers are preparing for league finals and CIF by practicing tapering, which places an emphasis on rest and speed.
“[Tapering is] where you do some fast swims with lots of rest so the lactic acid doesn’t build up in their muscles because rested swimmers swim really fast,” Ankeny said.
Alethea Gani said that the team is also working on dives and kicks, crucial factors to every race.
League prelims were held at Diamond Bar High School on Monday, and league finals will also be at DBHS today.
“We want to win CIF, both boys and the girls,” Ankeny said. “Our boys, we’re trying for champions in every event [for CIF]. So first place in all the events, that’s our goal.”
In addition to the swimmers, there are also two divers on the team, freshman Mackenzie Kim and sophomore Luke Huang, who automatically qualify for CIF.
The CIF diving prelims will take place on April 30 in Riverside, while the CIF swim prelims will be on May 1.