Miner swimmers ready for 2019 season

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2019 San Manuel Miner Swim Team (Photo courtesy Apuron Photography)

  The Miner Swim Team is practicing at the Mammoth Pool again this year while the San Manuel Pool awaits repairs.  The team has had many good practices both in the pool and in the weight room.  The team is in shape and ready for competition on Thursday.   

  The Girls Swim Team comes off an eight-win season in 2018 and hopes to continue its winning ways in 2019.  Senior BaiLee Hill is a three-year letter earner who brings back experience in all events.   In the past BaiLee’s strengths have been in Distance Freestyle and Backstroke, but her hard work in all the strokes now make her the complete all-around swimmer.  Junior Alyssa Riekofski enters the season much stronger and is swimming faster than she finished the season last year.  Alyssa’s Backstroke is showing great improvement this year.  Sophomore Marialena Molina is new to competitive swimming and has shown incredible improvement in practice over the last few weeks.  Coaches are confident that Marialena will have an outstanding first year of swimming and will be an outstanding contributor to the swim team.   

  The Boys Swim Team comes off a nine-win season in 2018.  Junior Evan Apuron returns as defending State Champion in the 100 yard Butterfly and Bronze Medalist in the 100 yard Breaststroke. Evan is taller, stronger and is swimming even faster this year.  This makes him the swimmer everyone will be keeping an eye on.  Sophomore Hunter Hill had an outstanding season as a freshman and earned the opportunity to swim in a relay at the State Championship Meet last year.  This season he shows great potential, and with enough hard work could find himself competing in an individual event at the State Championship meet in November.  

  Head Coach Alex Gort has high expectations for the team.  

  “This is a small team where every swimmer can get personalized coaching,” Gort said. “I am excited to see how much each swimmer will improve during the season.” 

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