A Promising Future in the Pool for the Bears

Julia Rafael

Zoe Pacalin

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!

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3 Responses to “A Promising Future in the Pool for the Bears”

  1. Tyler Finn on February 26th, 2013 8:41 pm

    I think it is great that the team was able to get Lori Stenstrom, such an experienced swimmer, to coach. With her guidance, I hope the team can do well again this year. Check out the M-A Bear News profile of Coach Stenstrom here: http://www.mabearnews.com/news/2012/12/24/m-a-welcomes-new-swim-coach-lori-stenstrom/

  2. rgordan on February 28th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Sounds like this year’s team will be pretty strong!

  3. Ryan on March 19th, 2013 7:54 pm

    It seems like M-A is always quite strong in the pool with both swimming and water polo experiencing considerable success over the past few years, and I would not be shocked if this year is more of the same. I’ll be cheering for the swimmers this year!