Swim makes splash at meet

Mason J. Rockfellow, Editor in Chief

The women’s and men’s swim teams traveled to Mt. San Antonio College this past weekend to make a splash in a variety of different races.

With a solid week of training before the departure to Mt. SAC, they went into the meet a little tired. Plus, with the last meet not having as wide a spectrum of races, it was good for them to compete and they all did as expected, said Moon.

“I think the biggest thing from the meet is just the experience that the whole team gained from swimming so many races in a short amount of time, along with the variety of races,” said Moon. “It was fun to see them get that experience.”

With quite a few conference teams missing from the Mt. SAC meet, it was still a good heads-up for what is to come for BC swimming, Moon explained.

“It was nice to go to this meet just to see, not necessarily who is in our conference, but who we may see at the state meet,” said Moon.

Along with the variety of races, the relays were a good test of how the swimmers responded to being out of their comfort zones, as Moon was moving swimmers around to different spots.

“It was nice to see how they respond to relays. Some people swim a lot faster on relays… right now putting people on spots that they are not quite used to, and seeing how they respond to that. And it was fun to see that.” said Moon.

The men’s team finished off the meet in 5th place with a total of 367 points, and the women’s team finished in 11th with a total of 106 points.

On the men’s side, Erik Wood took second place in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 24.08 seconds.

Brian Bender placed 5th in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 29.65 seconds, 4th in 100-meter breaststroke at 1 minute 5.02 seconds, and 7th in the 200-meter breaststroke at 2:24.72.

Christian Chau placed 8th in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:12.76.

Daniel Delgadillo swam the 1650-meter freestyle for the first time and did a little better than expected, and overall he did well in every race, said Moon. Delgadillo placed 13th in the 1650- meter freestyle with a time of 19:15.39.

On the womens’ side, Bri Smith took the win for the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 33.35 seconds. Smith is also ahead of schedule time-wise, not to mention she has been battling a sore shoulder.

With Sara Klang still working toward her mid-distance freestyle swimming, Moon was pleased with Klang’s 500-meter freestyle, with her coming in 9th with a time of 5:41.27.

Overall the women did well, explained Moon.

The women’s team all had at least one event where they went their lifetime best, and some of them dropped a ton of time and swam really well.

Bakersfield College’s swim team will be traveling to LA Valley College on March 4, and the following weekend they will be off to the Cuesta Invitational.

“I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks heading into the Cuesta Invite,” said Moon.