Swimmers reflect on time at BC


Marcus Castro

BC swimmer Lexi Zimmerman has breaking another school record and WSC title in mind.

Mohamed Bafakih, Sports Editor

Lexi Zimmerman: With the season winding down for the 2015 swim season, sophomore Lexi Zimmerman is priding herself into capturing back-to-back Western State Conference titles for the Bakersfield College women’s swim team come April 18.

Although her time here at BC is nearing its end, Zimmerman’s swim career will continue at the next level as she will be transferring to California State University-East Bay.

On why Zimmerman committed to East Bay: “I was looking at a couple other schools, like in Oregon… but I just love the area and I respect the coach – he knows what he’s doing,” Zimmerman added.

During her time here at BC, Zimmerman has accomplished many records.

She currently holds two BC records, the 50-yard breaststroke and 100-yard breaststroke.

“I’m really close to the 200 [yard] IM so that’s one of my goals also,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman swam in Tehachapi all four years for the Warriors and explains her transition from swimming at the prep level to the college level as a “work ethic” leap.

At Tehachapi, she was a four-year All-Area First Team swimmer and MVP of the team each year.

Zimmerman credits head coach Matt Moon for her development during her two years here at BC.

“I’m more prepared now to swim at the next level,” Zimmerman stated.


Mikey Fink: Coming off a third place finish in the Western State Conference championships last year, sophomore Mikey Fink came in without leading swimmer Andrew Hargis by his side.

Filling in for Hargis has been quite smooth for Fink, however.

“Living up to Hargis, who’s a pretty good swimmer, and being at his level is pretty cool,” Fink said.

Fink went to East Bakersfield High School and being coached up is what Fink believes he lacked at East.

“I never really had the quality of coaching at East… so Bakersfield College has been a good step for me to see where my potential was in swimming and take it to wherever I want to go,” Fink stated.

When it comes to swimming, it’s all about what Fink envisions.

“I just go into a phase where my mind is blank but once I hit the water it’s on.”

Fink’s time at BC is almost up but he hopes to compete well enough to make it to state in the final weekend of April.

“I knew if I put in 100 percent then that’s what I’m going to get at the very end of my last race here,” Fink mentioned.