Swimmer Lizzy Kosin (senior) shined at the Soka Invitational in Aliso Viejo, California, recording a season best of 2:05.99 in the 200-yard freestyle. Kosin also swam well in the 100-yard butterfly, placing 5th and recording a time of 1:03.34.
“After a week of hard training it’s never really about how fast your time is, it’s about whether or not you are going to race the person next to you, and I think a lot of us were really successful because of that,” Kosin said via email. “It’s always a little intimidating swimming against non-SCIAC teams — especially teams in other really fast divisions — but I really think we held our own. The effort level was very high, and I am very proud of my team.”
Will Westwater had a big day at the Soka Invitational, placing in the top three for three separate races. He placed third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.39, but also contributed to the Tiger relay teams. He played an especially crucial role in the 200-yard medley relay, anchoring the Tigers to a 1:41.40 second-place finish.
“Relays are much more exciting than individual events, and swimming an anchor leg makes my job more intense,” Westwater said via email. “All I think is ‘Pick a swimmer and beat him.’ If you are behind then narrow the gap, and if you are in front then make the lead more definitive.’ This mindset helps me get up and race.”