Swim team sets breaststroke and freestyle records at the All-City Championships

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Sophomore Kyle Canotal dives into the water during a relay race at the All-City championships on April 22. Photo by Christina Johnson

The Cardinals made great strides in this year’s All-City Swimming Championships at City College on April 22. Lowell took first place in both JV and varsity girls’ and the varsity boys’, and JV boys’ took third place. For varsity, sophomore Angela Huang set a new record in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.16 and senior Derek Lew broke the 50 yard freestyle record with a time of 21.47.

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Although the team went undefeated throughout the entire regular season, they did experience some ups-and-downs. “There were several moments this season where new swimmers to the team felt discouraged or low in confidence,” head coach Cory Vo said. “But some sophomores and other longer tenured Lowell swimmers gave them pep talks and shared stories of their experiences.”

Senior Junko Taniguchi competes in the varsity girls’ 200 yard freestyle race. Photo by Christina Johnson

As of April 24, the team holds first place in the Academic Athletic Association league in all divisions, with a record of 6–0 for varsity and JV girls, and 5–0 for varsity and JV boys. After this year’s victory at All-City Championships, the vars boys’ team extended its first place streak to 20 and the vars girls’ extended its streak to 36.

Senior Kim Chang swims in the JV girls 200 yard medley relay backstroke. Photo by Christina Johnson
The Cardinals compete in the 100 yard breaststroke. Photo by Christina Johnson