Swim and Dive falls to WJ due to missing swimmers

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Swim and Dive falls to WJ due to missing swimmers

Michael Pan

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With the season almost finished, RM’s swim and dive team attended one of their very last matches against the Walter Johnson Wildcats. The Rockets fought hard and while the boys secured a win for the team 106 to 77, the girls unfortunately lost 50.5 to 134.5 as many of their swimmers had to cancel at the last minute.

The boys came into their events well rested , energized, and confident. They put on their best performance and consistently did well in all of their events against the Wildcats. “I felt very proud of our performance” said sophomore Justin Roh, “We practiced everyday of the week and I felt like our hard work really paid off”.

Despite their win, the boys’ focus remains on improving for the future. “We need to practice harder to prepare for our next meet” said sophomore Ian Song. “We need to do more dry lands and remained focused during practice,” added Roh.

Although the boys came out with a decisive victory against the Wildcats, they weren’t able to overcome the deficit created by the girls and lost with an overall score of 156.5 – 211.5.

The team however, wasn’t discouraged at all by their performance and most felt like it was uncharacteristic of their overall level. “We had a lot of missing players during our meet and many of us had to swim for events that we weren’t prepared for,” explained sophomore Grace Zhou.

Looking at the bright side, the girls were proud of their performance considering there were so many changes during the meet. “There were a lot of last minute switches during the meet but we were all prepared even to swim for events we didn’t know we were signed up for,” explained sophomore Sophia Wang.

Looking at their loss, the team was able to take away a lot in order to improve in the future. “I think a major issue for us is that we weren’t as prepared for this meet with all the sudden changes,” said Wang, “in the future we need to make sure that we are better prepared overall.” Roh added on to this saying, “We still need to continue practicing hard by doing things such as more dryland workouts”.

With their spirits still high and with increased motivation, the Rockets look to prepare even harder for their next meet as their season nears to an end. Next week, they will look to secure crucial win against the Churchill Bulldogs to round out the season.

Featured photo by Victoria Carter