By Tana Siboonruang
For a second year in a row, Tech’s swim team has captured the City Championship title, beating their biggest rival, Stuyvesant High School, in the finals of both seasons.
Tech dominated with a final score of 62-39. However, those numbers do not truly capture the excitement of this meet. Tech went into this meet already down seven points because Stuyvesant had two divers competing, while Tech had none. Without Tech divers to compete against, Stuyvesant divers automatically took first place, with four points, and second place, with three points.
Before the meet officially began and during the team warm up, the Tech team hit a speed bump when Glen Pesola ’16 suffered a shoulder injury and was unable to compete. This was especially worrisome because he was supposed to swim in both relays and individual events.
Although Coach Derek Swartz had to make adjustments to the lineup, Tech was still confident about their chances in defending their title.
According to Coach Swartz, “Most good teams either have a few standout swimmers or a lot of depth, but what has separated us from the other teams in the city these past two years is that we have both. We have a lot of very talented individuals, but with hard work and dedication, the team became a very strong unit.”
The team did not let setbacks get into their heads and performed well. There were many standout moments in the meet. The meet started with a big victory for Tech. In the relay, which included Aron Zhang ’15, Elan Oumarov ’17, Alan Li ’15, and Captain George Tilneac ’14, won the 200 Yard Medley Relay by eight seconds with a time of 1 minute 37.72 seconds.
As the meet progressed, Tech continued to dominate. Alan Li’15 (2 Min 0.30 Sec) and Baraa Abdelrahman’14 (2 Min 6.86 Sec) took first and second place respectively in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. Captains George Tilneac’14 (21.88 Sec) and Michael Mecner ’14 (23.89 Sec) took first and third, respectively, in the 50 Yard Freestyle.
After the last event ended, the Tech team had made itself the City Champions for the second year in a row.
This win meant a lot to Mecner ’14, whose last season at Tech came to an end with this meet.
Mecner ’14 said, “After four years of hard work and practice, we as seniors, can say that we did it again a second time. We led to team to our second city championships and we are extremely proud of it.”
Coach Swartz also commented on the win. “Winning a second straight championship means everything to the team. We set the bar very high for ourselves, and demanded excellence. We all worked together to hold each other accountable so that we could achieve our goals. Winning last year felt great, but proving this year that all our hard work paid off by winning a second championship felt even better.”