Swim team dominates the pool


Audrey Strembicki

Sophomore Noah Tikoo does a butterfly stroke in the pool.

Brady Vaiarella, Reporter

If you asked anybody at Oviedo High School from the past few years, the majority of them would know of the swim and dive’s triumphs after the swim team dominated the pool by incredible margins.

So far this season, Oviedo has netted a total of 784 points. In their last meet, the Lions traveled to Lake Brantley High School for the annual Lake Brantley Invitational meet.

Per usual, the Lions continued their lengthy streak, surpassing the other 17 teams in commanding fashion. On the boys’ side, they led by a whopping 121 points to the second place team. The girls finished an outstanding 56 points compared to the second placed Lake Brantley. 

Continuing onward, the team is extremely optimistic for the postseason. Swimmer William Glaser, a sophomore in his second year on the team, has high hopes for the future of the team.

“I expect us to do well again this year, hopefully winning states in a few events,” said Glaser.

He has improved his times this season, shedding four seconds off his previous best from last year. As the season progresses, he expects his times to improve drastically.  

One of the reasons for the team’s success is the bond that the swimmers share with each other. New to the team this year, sophomore Colton White, is in his first year at Oviedo and greatly enjoys being on the team.

“It is a great team with nice coaches, everyone is very inclusive here which helped me adapt to the new environment,” said White.

Similarly, sophomore Simon Gong has been with the program for over a decade. Gong hopes to reach the state finals for 100 backstroke this season. During his time on the team, he has made many special bonds with his teammates and coaches. 

“Coach is great at putting everyone in their best events,” said Gong. “It is really important that swimmers can focus on what they are best at.”

After finishing senior night on Sept. 21, the Lions head into their final meet before the conference finals. This will mark the beginning of a long and treacherous journey for these swimmers who will clash against the best of the best as they move up the food chain of districts, regions, and then finally, the State meet where they stake their claim as the best swim program in Florida.