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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Optimistic state of mind

(Pictured from bottom to top) Meaghan Bonilla, Britney Wilson, Sheldon Simas and John Franz practice drills under the instruction of Swim Coach Steve Hanson (not shown) in Hoos Pool on Jan. 20. Photo by ||Evan E. Duran||[email protected]

The City College swim team began its practices at the beginning of the spring semester, and now team members say they are eager to begin conditioning and competing with high hopes for this season.

Head swim Coach Steve Hanson says he’s enthusiastic for this season’s team and what it can accomplish.

“My expectations are to have each individual athlete improve in stroke and have a better showing in the Big 8 Conference,” Hanson says.

With an increase from 15 swimmers last season to 24 swimmers this season, Hanson says he believes that the team will not be as limited to compete by the number of swimmers as they were last season.

Hanson also says he believes that having a greater number of swimmers will allow the team to enjoy the more sociable atmosphere of the meets.

English and Spanish literature major Jose Alfaro, who has been swimming for four years and is now on his second year of swimming on the City College swim team, says he is looking forward to hanging out with his teammates and forming bonds and connections with them.

“The meets are always fun as we cheer each individual on as they trudge forward to improve their time,” Alfaro says.

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Hanson says that there will be more competitive swimming this season. Hanson also believes the harder an athlete practices, the more likely it is to pay off in the meets, which may help the swim team to overtake its toughest competitors such as Diablo Valley College and American River College.

“I am looking forward to the practices the most because that is when I feel each swimmer is part of a team,” Alfaro said. “That is when we practice, struggle and improve together. The meets reflect the individual effort exerted in practice.”

Hanson says he wants this season to be a time in which the swimmers can grow and improve their skills

“You have to go within yourself and push yourself,” Hanson says. Relays swimmer Chelsea Kennedy says she has pushed herself to achieve her goals this season.

“I’m going to need to catch up to get back in shape after doing nothing all winter break, but I know which races I want to participate in and [I] am mentally prepared for them,” Kennedy says.

Alfaro says that along with the rest of the team, he is ready to start giving it his all at practice so that he can be prepared to give it his all in time of competition.

“During practice, we push ourselves hard, even at the final lap,” Alfaro said. “Even when we are on our last set, Coach reminds us ‘Last one, Fast one!’”

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