Sports: Swimming Gears up for Another Strong Season

Photo Credit: Bruce Deal

The varsity boys diving into the pool to race against competitors Burlingame last season.

Earlier this month, the M-A swim team began to prepare for a highly anticipated season. For years, the Bears have had a dominant presence in the PAL, and equal success at CCS. However this year poses new challenges that the team and coaches have to overcome in order to obtain their goals for this season.


Last season, head coaches Lori Stenstrom and Jane Worden took over the program with help from assistant coach Bobby Bollier. With extensive and successful careers under their belts, they helped the team perform at their maximum potential in all of their meets. However this year, head coach Lori Stenstrom will not be returning to the deck. Jane Worden has stepped up and is now the sole head coach, along with returning assistant coach Bobby Bollier and new assistant coach Brett Koerten.


Despite the new coaching staff, the Bears will struggle at the boys’ varsity level. The majority of the senior boys have opted not to swim in their final year at M-A. As a result, the Bears will look for big performances from juniors Gordon Williams and Zach Goland, as well as sophomore Vincent Busque.


Differing from the boys, many senior girls are returning, including Kindle VanLinge, Nicole Zanolli, Maddie Pont and Jessica Heilman, all strong team assets. Instead, the Bears will rely on an overwhelming amount of freshmen and juniors, but are all very talented and hard working. Regardless of the fact that the team is young, the Bears are still hungry for the competition and plan on dominating the league like they have for the last decade.