BOYS’ SWIM AND DIVE CLOSES OUT EVENTFUL SEASON

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Kevin Lynch, Entertainment Editor

The Prospect Boys’ Swim and Dive team concluded their season Saturday with their conference meet at the Prospect Natatorium. The team finished their seven-week season with a 4-1 record, only losing one dual meet by two points.

According to head coach Alfonso Lopez, the team’s core group this year was made up of seniors Kevin Soltys, Jack Epperson and juniors Tim Hays, Ian Mcgough and Andrew Tonkovic. Soltys has already committed to swim at Louis University when he graduates next year.

Despite their season being effectively half the length due to COVID-19, Lopez was pleased with the team’s performance this year.

“I just think looking at how quickly the kids got in shape, how quickly they got to some of their best times in such a short period of time is really … impressive,” Lopez said.

According to Lopez, the team greatly enjoyed the conference meet, not only due to the many new records set throughout such as a conference record for the 200 meter medley relay, but also because of the opportunity to swim against several other schools at once. 

Another highlight was the teams’ frosh-soph conference win, which was their first in decades according to Lopez. 

Despite the shortness of their season, Lopez is still happy with the season’s outcome and thinks the circumstances came with their own advantages for the team.

“When kids … don’t think about the pressure, they don’t think about these lofty goals and just go have fun, they do amazing things,” Lopez said. “So, maybe we take that into next season when the pressure is ramped up and there is a state series … that we remember that we just have fun and enjoy the sport.”