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Boys’ swimming performing better than expected

Three meets into the season, the boys’ varsity swimming team has been performing well and holds a 2-1 record so far this season with wins against Gunn and Homestead and a loss against Palo Alto.

While there have been many contributions across the board from various players, the freshmen have been doing their part to contribute.

“The freshmen have been really scoring points for us,” Bonner said. “One of our, freshman Randy Tsai, made his CCS cut in his 100 backstroke in his first meet.”

Another important freshman for this season’s team has been Aidan Burns who has been filling in his role on the team very nicely.

“Aidan Burns is a good distance swimmer has sort of replaced Adam Hinshaw from last year and so far this year has been faster than Adam,” Coach Christian Bonner said. “He’s a good addition to the team.”

A top contributor, Patrick Xiao, also believes that though the team has lost some of its key swimmers, the team has been doing well.

“I think we are better overall even though we lost Justin Chung and Adam Hinshaw because of a lot of fast freshmen,” Xiao said. “They are all really fast.”

Another new addition team is sophomore Patrick Wang. After a stellar performance in JV this year, he has been placed on varsity to swim on the A-relay, the most competitive relay.

“I’m really nervous because this will be the first time I am swimming on varsity,” Wang said. “They also put me on the A-relay and I’m not sure if I can handle that.”

Wang had been the top scorer for JV before his switch to varsity with five first-place wins and one silver. Though Wang does not swim in a club like others, he has improved and has performed very well this season.

“I think that I have improved a lot since last year because I am putting effort into practices instead of goofing off like I did last year,” Wang said. “That has helped me a lot and has made me better.”
Bonner believes that though the freshmen are doing their part, the team is relying on the juniors and seniors for a majority of their points

“For returning seniors we have Ian Burns, who is a top contender in CCS this year, and he will most likely to me swimming 1500 freestyle there,” Bonner said. “Michael Lee is also having a great season.”

The Falcons will take on Los Gatos at home on April 5 and Monta Vista away on April 13.

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