Diving into a Wet Season


Halle Morris

Teresa Gerhold diving into the pool during practice.

Silvia Alfonso and Silvia Alfonso

Despite the numerous talented athletes on the teams, Terra Linda swim often doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. Quite a few of the swimmers on the team compete year-round for the Marin Pirates or North Bay Aquatics outside of school, and others have competed in the past on summer league teams like the Terra Linda Orcas, Lucas Valley Lightning, and Marinwood Waterdevils. Last year, the team lost key seniors who graduated, but that didn’t stop them from placing second in MCALs.

However, this raises the question: Will they be able to re-play the success of the past?

The boys’ team has won second place in MCALs in 2015, 2014 and first place in 2013, and the girls won second place in MCALs in 2013. Though the girls have not placed in a few years, this may change this year.

Most of the people on the team agree that the girls have a good chance of placing this year considering their many new incoming freshmen. According to junior Savannah Simkins, “I think that we have a really good shot at winning MCALs this year. We have a lot of really talented freshmen and a lot of our swimmers this year swim club, and we have the motivation this year.” Junior Emma Roggenkamp adds, “The girls have actually always had a pretty good team, I think the girls are maybe better this year just because we have more swimmers. In the past [the boys] have won MCALs, but I think the girls definitely have a shot this year.” The status of the boys’ team still remains in question. Nevertheless, despite having less members, their talent and work ethic show that the boys will stop at nothing to work hard for the win.

TL swim coach Tim Baker expresses his confidence in the team, saying, “I think the girls are going to do extremely well; I think they have a good shot at winning MCALs. There’s more depth on the girls side. On the boys side we lack the depth, but we have a lot of really top swimmers. This has been the most united and cohesive team we’ve had.”

With the team’s confidence level soaring, there’s no doubt that they will be able to achieve a similar success to past years. Junior Nathaniel Cunnan excitedly states, “We’ve got some good senior experience who can guide the team to victory.” Senior Teresa Gerhold says, “All the returning swimmers really like swimming, so we’re all super fired up.” Both the girls and boys teams this year are in position to come home with MCAL wins and keep their successful streak of victory.