Boys’ swimming starts season off strong

Park beats Hopkins at its first meet


Ava Ashby

Senior Tenzin Gyaltso swims the 100-yard butterfly Dec. 9. Park’s next meet is 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. Louis Park High School.

Lilia Gonzalez

After celebrating the team’s first win of the season against Hopkins Dec. 9, junior Miles Nordling said the team performed well despite it being the first swim meet for many of his teammates. 

“It was great for our first meet, especially with the younger kids, this is the first meet for a lot of them. They really showed up and put all the effort in,” Nordling said.

According to senior captain Andre Barajas, the team had great energy throughout the meet. 

“Everyone was really congratulating each other and so I barely even had to remind the boys to cheer on (their) team and be teammates to each other so I was really happy with that,” Barajas said. 

Head coach Amanda Forsberg said the team has a couple of things they need to work on for the next meet.

“We need to work on our turns, power off our walls and breathing out the rest,” Forsberg said. 

Nordling said he believes the practices will help the swimmers stay in shape for the season.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of conditioning stuff in the next few weeks preparing for the upcoming meets. Since this is the first meet, a lot of the kids weren’t all the way in shape yet. So we’ll see that improved throughout the season,” Nordling said.

According to Barajas, the entire meet was a success, but the 500 freestyle was the team’s best event. 

“Our 500 free did really well. We had two freshmen swim that and they both had really good times, but I think overall, just a lot of our races went really well,” Barajas said. 

Forsberg said now that the swimmers have their personal records, they can work on improving them. 

“I’m excited that everyone now has a time that they can build off of so they can see when they’re progressing and getting faster,” Forsberg said. 

Park will swim against Waconia at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Home.