Jake Jeeho Kim & Minkyu Ju / Staff reporters
Swimming team placed 5th out of 22 teams in the Fraser Swim North Championship on October 24 earning 13 medals. Relay team members and individual event swimmers earned four gold medals, seven silver medals, two bronze medals and two fourth place positions which gave them total of 489 points.
Coach and PE teacher Mark Tustin said “The Kids swam really well [and] I saw lot of improvements in of lot of kids,” said Tustin.
They also had 13 of 18 swimmers qualified to the BC high school championship. Tustin saw improvements in the players and thinks that “the swimmers feel good about what they did as well, said Tustin.
There was an effort behind the records. Grade 12 swimmer Eric Sue said the training makes the records. “We trained very hard and our swimmers worked very hard to achieve their best,” said Sue.
“I felt proud of my swimmers for making it to the next swim meet [and] we are very satisfied with the records in the Fraser north championships and hope to continue to break records at the next meet,” said Sue.
“All the swimmers did well and showed improvements,” said Yedam Lee grade 12.
At the beginning of the season, the beginning swimmers had difficulty in adapting to the team. “It takes time for us to help train them so they can have best experience they can have,” said Tustin.
“In the beginning, grade 9’s had difficulty adapting to the team environment,” said Lee, but as time passes the beginner swimmers are adapting to the team. “It seems like they are adjusting to the environment and finally becoming a “team,” said Lee.
Swimmers are heading to the next competition which will be held on November 15 and 16 in Richmond.
“We have about three or four practices left before that competition and kids are doing really well,” said Tustin.
“Our swimmers will be prepared for the upcoming competition as they work their hardest in practice and strive to be the best” said Sue.
Tustin expressed that “The goal for the next competition is always personal bests. The kids qualified in individual or relay events at the BC’s goal is to get on the Podium, win first, second or third as it’s always goal of the BC’s,” said Tustin.
“As much as I want the swimmers to get their best results, I want them to truly enjoy the sport and get as much experience as they can” said Lee. She also wants to support the players outside the pool. “I want to help them find their talent and have passion in their work,” added Lee.