Swim Team
Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 07:02 AM
As the winter season approaches, it’s time for the El Camino Swim Team to make a splash once again. We sat down with Coach Scott Wagner to discuss the upcoming season and get a preview of what’s in store for the team. The team’s goal this year is to enjoy themselves while also focusing on work ethic and competing with determination. The girls team is aiming to repeat as league champions, while the boys team is striving for a top two finish in the league. On the girls team, Ava Wagner stands out as the top sprinter, known for her competitiveness and determination. Ayla Boose also brings a lot to the team as a great all-around swimmer, elevating the performance of those around her. The boys team boasts top swimmer Wesley Sczupak in the breaststroke and sprinting events, while Isaiah Nordhues showcases his skills as the best all-around swimmer. Coach Wagner is also excited for the addition of freshman Tiffany Ko to the team. She is expected to make an immediate impact in multiple events. When building a team, Coach Wagner looks for athletes who have been part of the team in the past and have displayed leadership qualities, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude. While he hasn’t made a decision on team captains yet, he believes that these qualities are crucial for fostering a successful team. Team chemistry is also a key factor for the team’s success. Coach Wagner believes that daily hard work and team building events will help foster a strong bond among the swimmers. Both individual and team goals are set by the swimmers. While competing against others is important, the greatest motivation comes from competing against oneself and striving for self-improvement. However, the early part of the season can be a challenge due to the weather and late practice schedule. Coach Wagner emphasizes the importance of establishing routines and habits that promote long-term success, not just in swimming but in all aspects of life. As for tough opponents, the team will face some fierce competition against schools like Torrey Pines, Classical Academy, and Fallbrook. But one of the biggest meets of the season will be against their cross-town rival OHS towards the end of the season. Coach Wagner is always looking for ways to improve and try new ideas. With several new coaches joining the team this year, he is excited to see the fresh perspectives they bring.