Sports: A Promising Future in the Pool for the Bears

Photo Credit: Julia Rafael

The team prepares to dive into a Monday afternoon practice.

With a new coach at the reigns, the M-A swim team gears up for another season that is to be kicked off by their pre-season tri-meet at Paly on February 28. After having lost a number of seniors in the graduating class of 2012, the team is relying on younger talent. For the girls, juniors Nicole Zanolli, Kindle VanLinge, Maddie Pont and freshman Brooke Stenstrom threaten to be amongst the strongest on the squad. For the boys, sophomores Zach Goland, Gordan Williams and freshman Vincent Busque also look to be strong team assets.

The 2013 season is, however, the first that has been “cut”–rather, after early suggestions of a cut-off time, several students self-selected out of swimming this year. ¬†As a result, the group that remains is, on average, faster than that of years prier.

Head coach Lori¬†Stenstrom is optimistic about her opportunity to “give back to the community” in which she has raised and continues to raise her four kids. She addresses the youth on her team, saying “We have a really young class this year…light on seniors, but that just means that we’re going to be developing a really strong team for the future.”

This optimism is also growing amongst the swimmers themselves. “I think the team has a lot of potential this year to do really well at PALs and CCS” says junior Kindle VanLinge.

Although the varsity and junior varsity team rosters have not yet been selected, the results from the February 28 event will help determine who will be on which team, says Stenstrom. This is a new event for the Bears, who usually would face-off against Sequoia in the preseason, but the Bears are excited to take on the new challenge and face Paly, whom they would not meet in season as Paly is not in PAL.

There is a lot at stake for the Bears, with their first official meet just over a week away, having been top of their league for over a decade. While in years past Burlingame has proved a considerable adversary, the team nurses a wound dealt by Carlmont who last year managed to champion the Bears at the junior varsity level in CCS. The Bears will face Carlmont at Carlmont on March 7th to open their season.

Go Bears!