by Wilma Wei
On Tues., March 3, Los Gatos High School’s swim team hosted their first swim meet against Palo Alto. Palo Alto won all four divisions, including Junior Varsity girls’ and boys’, and Varsity girls’ and boys’.
Girls’ Junior Varsity lost 66-117; however, sophomore Mackenzie Lindholm won the 100 Yard Breaststroke event with a final time of 1:26.46. Although the boys’ Junior Varsity lost 47-129 as well, an impressive win from freshman Blake Lennan on the 50 Yard freestyle event had the crowd cheering.
Boys’ Varsity put up a valiant effort, but Palo Alto won with a score of 126-54. Standout junior Matt Driscoll broke the school’s record for the 200 Yard IM (individual medley), swimming 50 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle, respectively, within one minute, 50.5 seconds.
The girls’ Varsity team also celebrated some notable wins, with freshmen girls Lily Van Putten, who finished first, and Katy Hawk, following in second in the 500 yard freestyle race.
Throughout the meet, the high energy among attendees was apparent, with parents and fans rallying behind lanes and on bleachers, rooting for the Wildcats. Although Palo Alto scored more points, the Los Gatos swim team displayed incredible strength and support for their team members.
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus epidemic, this past week, the rest of the swim season, along with all other Spring sports events, was canceled. Athletes were left devastated and disappointed with the possibility of the season returning still unknown. Senior Ally Temple commented, “It’s been hard because we have to stop training. We were also at the point where we were just starting to really compete, and we really only got to race once at the Paly meet. For some kids, they were trying to qualify for CCS, and now after we come back from the break they will only have 2 meets to do it.”