Swimmers Strong at State


A remarkable year of Knights swimming has come to a memorable end.  Over the course of the season, many swimmers set both personal and school records on their way to a State Championship appearance last Saturday.  This closely knit group, representing all grades from Freshmen to Seniors, carried the momentum of these achievements into state where strong performances from a few key swimmers gave the team a satisfying close to the season.

Junior Tiana Lam gave an outstanding performance at State where she represented ACP in swimming the 50m freestyle event.  Tiana’s excellent swimming led to a 7th place finish, one of the best finishes by a Knights swimmer at the State Championship.  Hopefully, Tiana and the rest of the team will have many more opportunities to prove themselves at further State Championships.  However, individual swimmers were not the only ones making a name for themselves at State.  The men’s relay team, which included Ryan Redmond, Austin Foreman, Michael Phu, and Connor Nail, proved that swimming is as much about teamwork as individual excellence.  The team competed in many events and performed extremely well, finishing fourth in the 200 m medley relay, second place in the 200 m freestyle relay, and fifth in the 400 m freestyle relay.  These strong performances by the relay team contributed to a fifth overall finish for the men’s team. 

Despite these exceptional performances, the Knights are already looking forward to next year.  “Hopefully we can make it to state next year, even with our seniors leaving the team,” said Ryan Redmond.  “I was very proud of my teammates; we all gave our best, even those who did not make it to State.  We tried hard the whole season, and I was really proud of the kids.”  The anticipation for the upcoming season is quite high, and hopefully the swimmers will be able to achieve their goal of another appearance at State.  Congratulations to all of the swimmers, and we hope to see more greatness next year.