PHS swim team looks forward to upcoming season

Taylor Rolefson

Piedmont High School’s swim team, under the guidance of Coach Colby Price, is gearing up for an exhilarating season. With the first meet coming up, Coach Price shared his optimistic outlook and what the community can expect from the team this year.

The PHS swim team has welcomed a wave of talented underclassmen, particularly bolstering the boys’ team, while the girls’ team aims to replicate or surpass last year’s impressive performance. “Our girls did really well last year and are set up to do so again,” said Coach Price, emphasizing the continuity and strength of the girls’ relay team, which hasn’t lost any upperclassmen.

A highlight of the season will be the De La Salle Invitational, a first in Coach Price’s 11-year tenure. “We have never done an invitational meet…this gives us an opportunity to show off our extremely strong team,” Coach Price noted with enthusiasm.

The team this year comprises 45 swimmers and one diver.  Though the team is slightly smaller, its depth is unprecedented, offering a competitive edge Piedmont hasn’t seen in previous years.

Georgia Lewis, previously with the water polo team, joins as an assistant coach, bringing her expertise to develop challenging workouts that promise to elevate the team’s technical performance.

Coach Price highlighted the team’s depth as a significant strength, with both the boys and girls teams having a realistic shot at sending two relays each to NCS. “We have never had three relays make it let alone a chance to have four make it,” he stated, underscoring the potential for Piedmont to dominate non-freestyle events and showcase their talented relay teams.

Coach Price’s goals for the season are ambitious, aiming for the highest placement at the WACC league championships. With the girls’ team targeting a top-three finish after securing fourth place last year and the boys’ team poised to make a significant leap from their sixth-place finish to top three, Piedmont High School swim team is on course for a historic season.

The team has their first meet, Friday March 8th at 3:30 p.m. at Castro Valley High School.  Stay tuned for what may be a groundbreaking season for Piedmont High School’s swim team.

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