Swim and dive teams make waves this season

Anne Lima

Swimmer Anthony Dracic preforms his backstroke at BCCHS' swimming pool.
Tina Mehiary
Swimmer Anthony Dracic preforms his backstroke at BCCHS’ swimming pool.
Swimmer Maxim Grinfeld prepares to dive into BCCHS swimming pool.
Tina Mehiary
Swimmer Maxim Grinfeld prepares to dive into BCCHS swimming pool.

This season of swim and dive has been one of many accomplishments, however team participation has faltered.

“This season has just been okay,” junior Maxim Grinfeld said. “Mostly it is because a lot of people do not go to practice.”

Grinfeld, along with seniors Jordan Timsit and Anthony Dracic, is on the boys varsity swim and dive team. The male team has won two out of the five meets they have participated in this season.

At the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Swimming and Diving preliminary competition on May 11 and 12, Grinfeld made the top two in breaststroke and made the top three in 100 meter butterfly stroke. Dracic made the top three in the 100 backstroke and first place in the 500 freestyle.

On May 12, Dracic and Grinfeld both made it into the city finals. The team also scored second in the 200 medley relay and first in the four by one freestyle beating their record from last year. On May 15, Grinfeld placed sixth in breaststroke while Dracic placed seventh in 500 relay.

“For a few of us, it has been a good year,” Dracic said. “Some guys have really stepped up and improved their performances.”

The girls swim and dive team has won three out of the seven meets they have competed in. Sophomores Arianna Aguayo and Rebekah Spector have both been on the team for two years now. Aguayo got 4th place in the 200 freestyle medley relay.

“In my opinion, the season has been going really well because we have new coaches that are very inspiring and helpful,” Aguayo said. “They motivate us to keep improving and to go into a meet with full strength.”

Seniors Dracic and Timsit will both be leaving the team this year  while underclassmen Aguayo, Spector and Grinfeld stated that they will be continuing next year on their respected teams.

“We did very well as a team in our speed and time,” Timsit said. “We all broke personal records this year. We have all improved greatly throughout this season.”