Sports: Successful PAL Trials for Swimming Makes for Promising Finals
All four M-A swim teams participated in the two day PAL Trials swim meet at Burlingame High School these past two days, where all members of all PAL league teams swam their best two events, competing for a slot in PAL finals, which is the championship league meet.
The top 16 swimmers in each event advance to the finals– the top eight are in the A final, while the rest are in the B final. However, only four swimmers from each team can be entered in any given event at finals, meaning if 16 swimmers from M-A hold the 16 best times for an event, 12 of those cannot advance. All swimmers who participate in finals score points for their team’s score, and the overall winner of the meet wins the PAL Championship title.
PAL Trials were very successful for M-A this year on all levels. On the first day of trials alone, M-A swimmers had close to 40 best times. The JV Girls grabbed 20 slots in PAL Finals, JV Boys grabbed 18, Varsity Girls managed to win 15, and Varsity Boys won 12 slots. M-A maxed out in almost all events with four swimmers representing in the top 16.
Day two was similarly successful. Out of 16 possible slots from day two for Saturday’s championship meet, JV Girls achieved 16. JV Boys won 14 slots, Varsity Girls grabbed 15 slots, and Varsity Boys won 13 slots. Again, M-A maxed out in almost all events, giving M-A a huge presence going into PAL Finals.
The successful two-day trials leaves the entire M-A swimming community optimistic for a promising championship meet on Saturday. The meet will start at 1:00 at Burlingame High School where M-A hopes to capture another PAL Championship title by all four teams!