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Carlmont varsity swim team rides the wave into a new season

The varsity boys swim team practices for it's upcoming season at the Glenn Kovas Aquatic Center at Carlmont high school.

Daniel Friis

The varsity boys swim team practices for it's upcoming season at the Glenn Kovas Aquatic Center at Carlmont high school. "The team is looking strong, people are coming to practice and working hard" says sophomore Nicholas Chao.

Daniel Friis, Staff Writer

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Champions

It’s something sports team strives to be one day. It’s what motivates them to practice every day and become the best. Last year, the boys varsity swim team put in the work achieved this feat by winning the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL).

“I think what made our team so successful last year was the hard work that we all put in every day at practice which made us stronger, but I think above all what made us so successful was team chemistry and spirit,” said sophomore Nicholas Chao.

The team is coming off an undefeated season where they won their division and represented the Peninsula in the Central Coast Section (CCS) tournament.

“It was a big deal being able to represent Carlmont in CCS because there were only five swimmers and we had to swim well,” said sophomore swimmer Sho Takahashi.

Going back-to-back is something that we’re aiming for this year, and I know that the guys and I are ready to try and come home champs again.”

— junior, Josh Camerino

However, that was last year. This year, Jan. 30 sparked a new beginning for the boys varsity swim team as the first day began for them to defend their title.

”I believe the team can be successful this year since we still have key players that can help us win. But, I also think that our determination to win will overpower every other team and be the key to our success” says Chao.

It will be harder for the boys swim team to repeat as champions this year due to the seniors they lost. The team lost three key seniors that were significant members of the team. They also served a role as leaders to the younger swimmers.

Although this is a new year, the team’s hopes are still high for another championship year, “Even though we lost some key seniors from last year, we also have a lot of fresh, new talent this year. It’ll be a grind, but I think we can pull something around the same caliber or even better with this team,” said Camerino.

Now that Carlmont’s varsity swim is the reigning league champions, they will have a big target on their backs. Takahashi says, “Every team is out to get us since we one PAL so we need to be on our A game.”

Takahashi said, “Every team is out to get us since we one PAL, so we need to be on our A game.”

The varsity boys swim team is looking forward to this challenge, and they believe they have what it takes to take home the PAL title again and represent Carlmont in CCS. “Our goal is another PAL win and the chance to defend our title. I believe we can do it” says Chao.

“Our goal is another PAL win and the chance to defend our title. I believe we can do it,” said Chao.

The swim team will begin their season-long run to defend their championship on March 9 at Sequoia High School.

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