Swim team takes down Galileo to open season

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Senior Sally Tan swimming butterfly in the swim team’s decisive sweep of Galileo in all four divisions in the Cardinals’ first meet of the league season on Feb. 21. Photo by Sally Ma

The Lowell swimming team triumphed over the Galileo Lions in the team’s season opener on Feb. 21, with JV boys scoring 126–19, JV girls 111–46, boys’ varsity 136–19 and girls’ varsity 130–3.

The Cardinals came up against a strong team, but nothing they could not handle. “Galileo has some strong swimmers, especially on their varsity boys’ team,” junior Lori Zadoorian said. “There were some events where we were screaming our heads off, but we came out on top.”

“Everyone is swimming faster because as a team, there’s a lot of motivation and positive competition going around between swimmers.”

On the days leading up to the meet, the Cardinals put the final touches on their starts and dives. “A good start can be a big advantage, and can be the difference between first and second place in an event,” Zadoorian said.

Junior Matthew Kim swimming freestyle. Photo by Cate Stern

Despite recently starting the season, the team has a number of strengths already. “We have very solid teams for relays and various individual events,” senior Marston Li said. “Everyone is swimming faster because as a team, there’s a lot of motivation and positive competition going around between swimmers.”

However, there are always ways to get better. “We swam strong yesterday, but there is definitely room for improvement,” junior Amanda Bui said. “We need to work on building up our strength and speed.”

The Cardinals’ next meet is at 4 p.m. on March 7 at Sava Pool as they take on the Washington Eagles.