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Swim Report: BAC League Championships

Have your friends from other schools ever teased you for attending “Can’t Play Sports”? Well, instead of meekly accepting it, just tell them about the CPS swim team, one of the most successful sports team in College Prep history. The women’s swim team didn’t lose a single meet between 2009 and 2015 and this year they earned second place in the Bay Area Conference (BAC) League! The men’s team has also maintained an undefeated record, winning every meet from 2008 to the present day, and most recently winning the entire BAC League!

On May 7th, your CPS men’s and women’s swim teams competed in the BAC Championships at Acalanes High School. Before the start of the meet, parka-wrapped CPS students huddled together under a tiny canopy to evade the light drizzle falling from the overcast sky. After  warming up and waiting for our respective turns on the diving blocks in the long line of shivering swimmers, we dried off and waited for the meet to begin (it actually started half an hour late because the Marin Academy coach went missing).

Although there were countless great swims on Saturday (in between bagel runs at the food table), here are the most notable highlights:

Jessica H, Mallory O, Katherine C, and Martha C earned fifth place in the Women’s 200 yard Medley Relay and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

George V, Noah J, Grant W, and Mark P earned first place in the Men’s 200 yard Medley Relay and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

Mallory O earned fourth place in the Women’s 200 yard Freestyle.

Mark P earned first place in the Men’s 200 yard Freestyle.

Noah J earned first place in the Men’s 200 yard IM and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

Katherine C earned third place in the Women’s 50 yard Freestyle and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

Katherine C earned third place in the Women’s 100 yard Butterfly.

Grant W earned first place in the Men’s 100 yard Butterfly and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

Grant W earned first place in the Men’s 100 yard Freestyle and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

Mallory O earned first place in the Women’s 500 yard Freestyle.

Mark P earned third place in the Men’s 500 yard Freestyle.

George V, Brian L, Victor W, and Isaac L earned fourth place in the Men’s 200 yard Freestyle Relay.

Jessica H earned first place in the Women’s 100 yard Backstroke.

Noah J earned third place in the Men’s 100 yard Breaststroke and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

Jessica H, Martha C, Mallory O, and Katherine C earned first place in the Women’s 400 yard Freestyle Relay and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

Mark P, Brian L, Noah J, and Grant W earned first place in the Men’s 400 yard Freestyle Relay and qualified to swim at NCS on May 15.

With nine first places, 41% of all events, this swim meet – the culmination of our season and, for the seniors, their swimming careers at CPS – was undoubtedly a success.  Thank you to all the seniors who will unfortunately be leaving us – Stuti B, Alex R, Grant W, George V, and Noah J. They have been a constant source of support, using their experience to help the team. In addition, as Noah pointed out,

this meet was basically the last chance to see the 8-time All American Grant Watson swim – he set a meet record for the 100 Fly and his time of 45.74 for the 100 Free not only broke a meet and a school record, but also is only FIVE SECONDS off the American record.

This swim meet was both an exciting experience and an opportunity for us to achieve some of our personal goals, as well as school-wide goals – speaking of CPS and cougar pride, shout-out to the six fans that came out in suboptimal weather: Zoe M, Daiana T, Amanda L, Sanath A, Dana Z, and Hannah K! Congratulate a swimmer on their last meet of the season and wish a swimmer good luck at NCS!

 
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