Few women compete at first swim meet, men crush Monterey Trail

Sophomore Collin Fitzpatrick does an open turn on his breaststroke portion of the 200 yard
individual medley.

By Molly Burke, Staff–

The Davis High men’s varsity swim team won its first swim meet of the season against Monterey Trail 112-34 on Feb. 28 at Arroyo pool. The women’s varsity swim team fell short to the Mustangs 73-68.

Though both varsity men and women swept individual races like the 200 yard freestyle, Monterey Trail won higher-scoring events like the varsity women’s 200 yard freestyle relay.

Head coach John Varley was extremely happy with both results as the women’s team had only six swimmers for the meet.

“We had to scratch one of our relays because we just didn’t have enough swimmers,” Varley said.

However, Varley was proud of each of their races.

“I was really happy with their effort, I just wish more of them had shown up,” Varley said.

While competing for the high school team, swimmers are allowed to continue swimming and training with their club teams, including Davis Aquamonsters, Dart and the Woodland swim team. For this reason, many students chose to train instead of compete at the meet.

The JV teams did not have anyone to compete against from Monterey Trail, so the men and women often combined races.

Junior Grace Hickerson found one of the main challenges to be the weather.

“It’s kind of unfortunate that our first meet is this cold; at least it’s not pouring rain, but the wind sucks. It makes your muscles tense and makes you swim slower,” Hickerson said.

Senior Aly Lodigiani thought the meet was a good start to the season.

“It was good to get my feet wet, literally,” Lodigiani said.

Freshman Aisha Lemseffer raced for JV girls for her first high school meet. Though she does not think she raced her best, she found it very fun.

Lemseffer has raced for Davis Aquamonsters before, but found the high school meet to be very different.

“I mean [the timers] don’t tell you your time [when you finish], so that’s kind of stressful,” Lemseffer said.

Despite the challenges, Lemseffer is excited for upcoming meets.

“I hope that next time I’m more organized and more prepared and I do better on my breaststroke,” Lemseffer said.

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