Boys swim places ninth at state meet

Swimmers placed in the top eighth in two relays and two individual events

Ally Nguyen, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

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The boys swim team placed ninth at the 5A-1A state swim meet that had its preliminary round on Friday, Feb. 16 and final round on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Capitol Federal Natatorium. Of the eight swimmers who attended and competed in seven events during the preliminaries, four went on to compete during the finals in four events.

The 200 medley relay team consisting of senior Carter Lawson, juniors Chris Sprenger and Ethan Forristal and sophomore Colby Beggs placed fourth. The 200 freestyle relay team, consisting of the same members, placed eighth and now holds the school record. Finally, Sprenger placed fifth in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

The general sentiment among the swimmers who went to the final round is that this season has been a great one for Mill Valley.

“The team did great. I’m so proud of all the team has accomplished. We had two top-eight finishing relays, and I’m not sure that has ever been done in Mill Valley history,” Sprenger said. “We’re bringing home the hardware.”

Likewise, in his limited time on the team Beggs believes this season has been one of the best.

“The team did the best I’ve seen ever,” Beggs said. “Everyone who was on the team last year came back, and they know how the team works. We’re all friends, so I think that just helps us do better.”

One thing the team will be lacking next season is Lawson, a key swimmer on the state team, but the Beggs and Sprenger remain hopeful nonetheless.

“The team is going to change because we’re losing one of our best flyers, so that’s going to change the dynamic of our medley,” Beggs said. “But, with many people moving to upperclassmen I feel like we’re going to do pretty good.”

Sprenger agrees and hopes that in addition to more experienced swimmers, new talent will emerge in the freshman class.

“We’re going to be missing [Lawson] which is a huge loss because he’s our anchor and our guy,” Sprenger said. “But we’ve got some promising talent coming in next year, and I think we’re going to do well.”

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