The Saxon boys Varsity swim team kicked off their season with a big win against McKay High School [137-27 points], followed by a close loss to McMinnville [84-86 points]. Many swimmers have returned from their successful season last year to compete for the Saxons this 2017 season.
“Our depth in the swim team will really help us, even our less recognized swimmers get us a lot of points on the scoreboard and help us win events. It helps us a lot,” Christian Richey ‘18 said.
The boys team finished 8-1 [eight wins and one loss] in league and continuing to have long practices and meetings to prepare for the district meet this weekend, Feb. 10 and 11. There, they will face McMinnville High School who has proven strength in their swim team since they joined the Greater Valley Conference in 2014.
“McMinnville, they haven’t lost a meet since they joined our conference. I think we have a chance at beating them at districts,” Richey said.
The boys varsity relay team of Paul Lomax ‘17, Diasuke Fitial ‘17, Christian Richey ‘18 and Tyler Cook ‘18 broke South Salem High School’s 200 Free Relay record, finishing with a time of one minute, 29 seconds and 49 milliseconds. These same four swimmers went undefeated in the 200 Medley Relay for the entirety of their 2016-17 season.
The team practices extensively and takes time to think about strategies and goals before competing in big meets like districts. The Saxon boys will use their conference meets as a way to plan for the competition they will face.
The girls Varsity swim team started their season with wins against McKay [140-27] and McMinnville [98-72]. The girls ended 7-1 [seven wins and one loss] in league this season and heading into districts on Feb. 10.
“We have meetings where we talk about what we want to do and we talk about strategies,” Brenna Kelly ‘18 said.
A lot of preparation is done before big meets like districts. The girls will face opponents such as West Salem and McMinnville High School who have been good competition for the Saxons in the past.