Boys and Girls Swim

As the end of the season rolls around the boys and girls swim team has unconditionally been swimming and fighting for the win. 

Coach Jon Puffer, the boys’ water polo and swim coach, states this season has been successful. 

“So far, we have finished third place at the Capo Valley Relays, which is a really good showing, ended first place in a tie with Tesoro and San Clemente leading into league championships, and we are 5-1 in dual meets.” 

Overall this season, the boys placed third in the South Coast League. Athletes such as Lucca Esparza (11), Jackson Geiger (11), Paxton Smith (12), Tanner Stagner (12), Gabriel Widarto (10), Edward Yun (11), Andres Gonzales (11), Ethan Olivarria (11), Lucas Rockwood (10), KJ Tse (11), and Xander Zappas (12) have gotten personal bests this season. Zappas has also gotten a season-best in his 100-yard fly where he placed second in finals with a time of 49.70 seconds. 

Getting ready for CIF are athletes Zappas, Smith, Graff, Tse, and the three qualifying Aliso relays. 

Coach Puffer states that there has been much growth over the course of the 2023 season. 

“The boys have been racing towards their goals with time drops from almost everyone on the teams. The testament to their work ethic is shown by how hard they try and work in practice.” 

Xander Zappas, Aaron Graff, and Paxton Smith are committed to swimming in college. Zappas has committed to Colorado Mesa University. Deciding between Missouri S&T or Milligan University, Smith has committed to Milligan. Having many choices, Graff has recently committed to DePauw University. 

The girls’ swim team has greatly improved in the 2023 season. A major improvement for the girls was setting new personal bests.

Tisa Taheri (10) exclaims, “This season was really fun, I loved spending time with all the girls on my team and I feel that everyone improved so much!”

Maya Voss (10), a two-year varsity athlete, competed in the 200 IM and got a personal best of 2:11. Voss has also gotten many personal bests this season including her 50-yard free and 50-yard breaststroke. Devon Silberman (10), also a two-year varsity athlete, placed second in finals with a personal best of 1:52 in the 200-yard free.  Alexa Disano (10), a varsity athlete, placed eighth in finals with a personal record of 1:03 in the 100-yard backstroke. 

The girls’ swim team finished fourth in the South Coast League.