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Season update: Boys’ and girls’ swimming optimistic for league championships

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Senior and boys captain, Ryan Drover, swims butterfly during practice. The boys' and girls' swim teams have been training hard and will compete at league championships this week. Photo by George Lu.

Senior and boys’ captain, Ryan Drover, swims butterfly during practice. The boys’ and girls’ swim teams have been training hard and will compete at league championships this week. Photo by George Lu.

As the swim season comes to a strong close, the Palo Alto High School boys’ (5-1) and girls’ swim team (6-0) will compete at Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships this week.

The boys’ swim team expects to be league champions for the fifth year in a row.

Senior boys’ captain Ryan Drover is satisfied with how the season has gone up to this point.

“After our first league dual meet against Gunn being a loss, we finished the remainder of the season strongly, ending our dual meet season on Thursday with a record of 5-1,” Drover said. “We’ve really just been having a great season as a team, both in and out of the water, and as cliché as it is, I think that that’s really created a great environment on the team this year.”

According to Drover, there has been a lot of improvement across the entire team. The boys have become a much deeper team, which bodes well for their championship meets.

“Some of our guys to watch for in the next weeks are sophomores Ethan Bundy and Alex Liang, juniors Andrew Cho, Matthew Liang, Robert Cheng and Daniel Sing and seniors Oliver Tucher, William Shin, Winston Wang and Ryan Drover,” Drover said.

In addition, senior and captain for girls’ swimming, Sarah Putulin, is proud that the girls’ are going into League Championships undefeated.

“I’m so proud of the girls for what they’ve accomplished and I can’t wait to see them swim really fast at at Leagues [Championships] and CCS [Central Coast Sectionals],” Putulin said.

As many girls on the swim team have begun tapering, Putulin is excited for the time drops that are likely to come with it.

“I’m very confident that we’ll win Leagues [Championships] and that we’ll place top 5 at CCS, ” Putulin said. “We have the talent and the depth to pull through. In addition, we have a fast and young team and I know we’ll do great.”

League Championships will take place at 4 p.m on Wednesday, May 6 for the girls and Thursday, May 7 for the boys at Saratoga High School.

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