Rocklin swimmers working hard and improving fast

Thunder turning to lightning
By: Amanda Calzada Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rocklin High boys and girls swim teams made a splash during their third league meet last week against the Woodcreek Timberwolves. “For both teams, the swimmers have developed an identity through a rigorous work ethic,” said head coach Jared Amalong. Varsity boys, junior varsity boys, varsity girls, and junior varsity girls all suffered a loss to the Timberwolves with scores of 132-38, 88-70, 115-54, and 112-58 respectively. Although the Timberwolves touched the wall before the Thunder, the Thunder clocked a total of 57 “personal bests” or personal records. Swimmers are pushing to break 5,000 yards during practice. Leading the team, the varsity boys contributed a total of 22 personal bests. Following, the JV girls clocked a total of 15, the varsity girls clocked a total of 13, and the JV boys clocked a total of seven. The Thunder have completed their third of five league meets. League competition includes Del Oro, Roseville, Woodcreek, Granite Bay, and Nevada Union. Rocklin now stands 3-3 in league. The season opened with a mock meet against Whitney High in late February and Woodcreek’s annual Roseville Invitational March 9-10. Prior to the official start of the season, the Thunder hosted dry land practice two days per week in January. Such conditioning included running and general calisthenics. For the third consecutive year, the Thunder has held an “all-team” practice on Thursdays so swimmers can bond before meets. Two weeks in April will entail all-team practices in the morning before school in addition to after school practices by gender and level to prepare swimmers for Championships. All-team practices, like other practices, have not been cancelled due to rain. The season will conclude with championships at the end of April and qualifying swimmers will compete at Sac-Joaquin Sections in May. Unlike other high school sports, Sections is the most elite met swimmers can advance to. “I just wanted to do my best. I get really nervous before every race, so I get tips from my coaches on how to pace and what I need to be focusing on during the race. And even though I didn't win either of my individual events, I was happy because I improved my times and got positive feedback from my coaches,” said junior, Kaylyn Brest, who updated her 100 yard butterfly time to 1:04.13. Currently, a total of 19 boys and girls have qualified for sections. Leading the boys, senior Jeffrey Seyfried clocked 2:18.81 in his 200 IM, or Individual Medley. Senior Ana Shuler was recognized this season in the Granite Bay “Senior Spotlight” for her stellar swimming and academic performances. Shuler is one of the two senior girls swimming this season. “Competitive swimming in the SFL is on par with the best swimming in all of California,” said Amalong.