DOWNEY - The Warren High School boys' swim team currently holds a 1-3 overall record and are 1-0 in league. The Bears finished last season with an overall record of 5-2 and a league record of 2-1.The Bears lone loss was to league co-champion Paramount. Warren earned the league tie by winning the league championship meet. Warren returns several standout swimmers. Junior Brandon Yi is back swimming the breaststroke, individual medley and relays. Senior Alex Rivera is back to swim in the 50 and 100 meter sprints. Junior Jonathan Iglesias is back swimming the butterfly stroke and individual medley. Junior Diego Lucas is also swimming at a high level and contributing to Bear success as well. Coach Nichols said that 10 swimmers were lost to graduation and five of them qualified for C.I.F. competition. Luis Herrera, the lone Master's meet qualifier, is currently swimming at Johns Hopkins University. Miguel Adashefski is swimming at Cal Poly Pomona, Irwin Luna is swimming at Loyola Marymount University and David Adams is doing the same at U.C. Santa Barbara. Kurt Thormodsen of last year's squad is currently attending Cerritos College and is an assistant coach for Warren this year. Warren has competed in one swim meet thus far. The Bears placed 7th at the Kennedy Invitational with 168 points. Coach Nichols believes Paramount will once again represent the toughest league competition. Coach Nichols maintains that Paramount lost some quality swimmers, just like Warren, but that it will be extremely competitive between the two schools. Nichols said that his squad does not want to share the league title again this year and is determined to win it outright. Coach Nichols concluded by saying, "this is what we are working so hard for."
********** Published: April 5, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 51