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After a 5-1 record, Red Lions swim team prepared to take another win during their meet against South Western at home.
“I think it should be an easy win for us,” said senior swim captain Emma Rhinehart. “But we are going into the meet giving it our all.”
The results of the meet were as expected; a blowout for Red Lion with the boys 111 to 59 and the girls 125 to 45. Both the girls and the boys teams showed determination to win, and it payed off for them greatly. The meet started off with senior captain Connor Brandt rallying the team with an inspiring chant.
Red Lion dominated a majority of events, with some events having all of Red Lion’s swimmers in the top places. The women’s 100 yard breaststroke, the men’s 500 yard free stroke, and the men’s 200 yard IM were some of these events where Red Lion’s swimmers took the top three spots.
A few of the top performers included Dylan North and Emma Rhinehart. In the 100 yard fly, Senior Dylan North came 7.15 seconds ahead of second place, and 5.22 seconds ahead of second in the 200 yard IM.
Senior Emma Rhinehart was another swimmer who finished long before the competition, almost 17 seconds ahead of second place in the 500 yard free. Her lead was established as soon as the race started and she maintained the gap the entire event.
“Watching them do well and have fun makes me really miss the team and family atmosphere,” said senior and former swimmer Garrett Aguilar. He was one of many Red Lion students in the stands to cheer on the Lions.
Throughout the meet, Red Lion continued to rally each other on and keep morale boosted. Team members walked alongside swimmers or waited at the edges of the pool, shouting and cheering.
“It’s awesome to be on a team like this,” said freshman Olivia Moore. “They are always there for you and make the races so much better.”