Boys Swimming Season Off To Strong Start


Kole Scheneman

The Lincoln Southwest boys swimming team has had a relatively successful season so far this year.

The team opened up the season with a second place finish at the Knight Invite diving meet, where they scored 32 points, only being outscored by Kearney, who scored 47 points.

Next came a triangular against Lincoln High and Lincoln Northeast, where the Hawks dominated. In the meet, the team won every single event except the diving. The scores for the duals were: Lincoln Southwest 146, Lincoln Northeast 34; Lincoln Southwest 149, Lincoln High 28; Lincoln Northeast 81, Lincoln High 76.

“It gave us confidence that we could open up the year with a good win,” freshman Aidin Kolb said.

After that came a triangular against North Star and Kearney. In the dual, The Hawks were victorious in 10/12 events. The dual scores were: Kearney – 79, Lincoln North Star – 19, LSW – 63, Kearney – 36; LSW – 74, North Star – 23.

After that came a really big win for the Hawks, with a 254-117 victory over Lincoln East, who was undefeated leading up to the match.

“It felt like we were right where we needed to be,” junior Tommy Palmer said. “We know we’re a fast team, and know we can get fast times. The off-season sucked because the regular season is always in our minds, but once we get back and start competing, it’s all good.”

The Hawks most recent match was against the 14 time, and currently defending, state champions Creighton Prep on Saturday. The Hawks would lose that meet, 105-80.

“Even though we lost against Creighton Prep, we are using that loss to help us work harder in practice to get better and hopefully beat (Creighton) Prep at state,” senior Ethan Reida said.

The Hawks’ next match will be on Thursday, at 5:30 PM against Pius X.