Boys’ swimming prevails in close matchup

Park remains undefeated after defeating Jefferson


Ava Ashby

Senior captain Hiro Mckee swims the 100-yard butterfly Feb. 3. Park’s next meet is 6:00 p.m. Feb. 8 at St. Louis Park High School.

After a close win over Jefferson, senior Andre Barajas said he was positive Park would get the win despite being evenly matched with Jefferson.

“I felt pretty confident that we would win,” Barajas said. “Jefferson is probably the most complete team we’ve been against in terms of their swimmers. I was a little nervous, but I knew that our team would be able to pull through.”

Sophomore Henry Salita said Jefferson’s competitiveness brought out the best of the younger swimmers on the team.

“The meet was a lot of fun,” Salita said. “Jefferson is good competition, so everyone on the team swam really well, especially some of the younger kids, which was awesome.”

According to head coach Amanda Forsberg, Park’s training throughout the season was the key to them coming away with the win.

“It was a total team effort,” Forsberg said. “They’ve been putting in a lot of training and they didn’t let down. They were swimming while really tired and still putting up fast times.”

Salita said he was impressed with senior captain Hiro Mckee’s performance in one of his final home meets. 

“Our captain Hiro Mckee had a very nice 100-yards butterfly,” Salita said. “It’s cool to see that because it was one of his last home meets.”

With its last win, Park remains undefeated in the 2021-2022 season. Barajas credited the entire team’s effort to their impressive season so far.

“A lot of people on our team have really stepped up this season,” Barajas said. “We’re undefeated right now, so I’m confident in this team.”

Park’s next meet is against Bloomington Kennedy at 6 p.m. Feb 8 at St. Louis Park High School.