Girls’ swim suffers close defeat at the hands of the La Reina Regents


Kami Kada

The Foothill girls swim team speeds through the water during their first race in over a year.

Claire Hernandez, Reporter

After a year of still water due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls’ swim team dove into their first meet with excitement. Taking on the La Reina Regents at the Buena High School (Buena) pool on April 14, the girls lined up to compete. 

With the two teams battling till the end, the Dragons bore a close loss. “La Reina showed up. They’re a fast team and it’s nice for our team to get to see that and get to compete against it,” said Coach Thomas Maires.

The Regents had only a close lead for the first half of the race, but with the 200 free relays, Andrea Corona ‘21, Alyssa Potter ‘22, Heidi Fedde ‘21 and Adler Striegel ‘22 managed to tie the game 55-55.

To the Dragons’ dismay, they could not push the score to lead and they lost by four points, 74-78.

Corona commented that the competition was “fierce”. She added, “you have to just try and give it your all, but at the same time we’re trying to have fun with it and not take it too seriously. But with everything, you want to give it your all.” 

Like Corona, Maires commented, “we’re not getting in the practice as much as we usually do, so I think we’re having to kind of adjust our expectations, but not lower them too much and still try our best.”

He continued, closing off with the great opportunity given to the Foothill Tech team. “It was a great first meet for us. I think it’s just about getting back in the pool this season right now and we have a lot we can build on, but I think everyone should be happy with how they swam.”

The swim team will compete against Cate High School on April 22 in hopes of redemption.

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