Swim team earns district championship and breaks records


Brian Higgins

The Redhawks swim teams saw records breaks and individual accomplishments on Saturday at the District 10-5A championship. The girls claimed the district championship, and the boys saw several top finishes.

Addyson Schick, Assistant Sports Editor

Taking on the rest of the schools in District 10-5A on Saturday at the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium, the Redhawks swim teams broke multiple school records, set other personal records, and claimed the girls District 10-5A championship.  

“The team did not meet my expectations, they exceeded it,” head swim coach Zachariah Gnoza said. “It was a true pleasure watching them achieve the things they achieved. Our season is so long and for the kids to have the work ethic, drive, dedication for that long truly paid off and will continue paying off over the next couple weeks and even into next season.”

The girls’ district championship is their first since 2008.

“I wasn’t going my fastest or best times, I was mostly focused on making it out of districts,” freshman Zoe Schneider said. “I was happy with my results and the team did amazing. We broke some records, many people got personal bests, and are going to regions.”

Maria Oushalkas, Avery Langan, Zoe Schneider, and Izabella Oushalkas broke the 400 freestyle relay record.

“Normally I don’t get nervous since I know what I’m capable of,” senior Maria Oushlkas said. “But with this being my last year on the team, I couldn’t help but feel he pressure of wanting to do well. Luckily it all worked out in the end and we are advancing.”

The boys’ team had several top 8 finishes, with all competitors setting new best times in their events.

“I was ecstatic over the team’s success,” Gnoza said. “ It was an amazing journey watching them learn, grow and succeed the last several months. They also fought hard and claimed 3rd in the 400 Freestyle Relay that consisted of Dio Vega, Henry Nguyen, Nathan Zhang, and Johnathan Pearl.”