Boys swimming team shows ‘depth’
Now that the girls swimming has come to an end for the season, the boys will get their time in the pool.
The Pueblo West varsity boys swimming team is gearing up for the season and they are hoping to repeat the year that they had last year.
“Last season, we went undefeated in our dual meets and were the South Central League Champions so we are hoping to do that again this year,” said Pueblo West High School head coach Andy Halverson.
The team is stacked with talented swimmers this year including: Andrew Maal, Chuckie Roldan, Austin Lening, Jacob Sisneros-Baca, Stever Martinez, Jake Griego, Jeremiah Claspell, Michael Mascarenas, Matt Green, Randy Roybal, Jacob Lee, Tanner Snyder, Jayden Budzon, Garrett Lopez, Erik Powel, Ryan Lynch, Aki Huunonen, Devin Trujillo, Nicko Borcic, Aaron Cortes, Tyler Proctor, Tanner Duncan, Aidan Boies, Shane Murtha, Tegan Vestal, and Tyler Vestal.
Several of the swimmers are ones that are returning from last year so the team will be a strong one and a tough one to beat, he said.
While all the swimmers contribute to the team’s successes, there are a couple star swimmers and ones that everyone should be on the lookout for, especially the competition. Devin Trujillo placed at state last year in the 100 butterfly and he also placed in the 100 breaststroke.
“Devin Trujillo, along with Austin Lening, Andrew Maal, Aki Huunonen, and Garrett Lopez should be parts of state placing relays,” he said.
“Michael Mascarenas is a returning diver who should qualify for state as well.”
When asked what he thought his team’s strengths and weaknesses were, Halverson was quick to comment: “Our biggest strength is our depth.
“We have almost twice as many swimmers as the next largest team in our league.
“Our weaknesses go with our youth. Many of our swimmers are either new to Pueblo West swimming or fairly new to the sport.
“I am hoping to see our young talent grow into valuable league contributors by the end of the season,” Halverson added.