Photo by Texan swim team Twitter account.

The Texan swim team has increased in size since last year.

A team that started out with 14 students, now has 26 swimmers.

“This year we are larger in number, most returned from last year, and I see a lot of potential,” coach Anastasia Nieves said. “I’m extremely confident in my swimmers.”

Junior Luis Roa said swimming interested him because his mom put him in classes when he was six years old. It wasn’t until enrolled at SHHS that he started swimming for the school.

“My goal is to qualify for regionals with the boys relay,” Roa said. “My advice toward the newer swimmers is that they need to persevere through the hard practices.”

Sophomore Melanie Salinas said the other swimmers are “great and always putting in the effort to get better.”

“My strengths are that I’m good at butterfly, but I need to improve on my breast stroke,” Salinas said. “I’ve been swimming since I was two years old, so swimming has always interested me.”

Junior Alyssa Garcia said the team tries to perfect their specialties during practice. Whether its improving butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, or freestyle.

“I feel pretty positive about this season and we will do great,” Garcia said. “I  think it will be very different because we have a lot more people on the team and it will benefit us.”

Diego Perez

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