Swim and tennis tip their hats farewell

Both men and women’s swim and tennis teams end their season on great terms. The men’s swim team started off the season strong by winning their first invitational meet and later winning the golden west invitational.

Ending with a strong finish, the team got 4th place in their conference and swimmer Marlon Moreno qualified to the state championships. Swim head coach, Joe Abing was proud of the team and how hard they worked at getting their own best personal times.

“A lot of what ends up happening in swimming is, you’re trying to get everyone to individually swim faster and everyone did that and set new personal records,” Abing said. We have a lot of fast swimmers returning next year, so hopefully we can place higher than fourth next year.”

Swimmer and Physical Education major, Marlon Moreno, has not swam for about four years and decided to take the advice from his water polo coach and join swim again. After a lot hard work, Marlon was the only swimmer from the team to qualify for the state championships with a backstroke time of 54.00.

“Last year after water polo was over, I waited and started practice in January. This year once water polo is over, I’m going to practice harder with the club throughout the year as well in hopes that I get faster and place better,” Moreno said.

Several of the Cerritos College swimmers are getting ready for the transition from Swim season to Water polo season and have already begun practice. The Men’s and Women’s tennis team did really well this year as well. Men’s team won State singles and State double’s.

The Women’s team lost in a very close semi finals of State championship. According to head coach Alvin Kim, the women’s tennis team had an estimated win rate of 75% this year. Even with crucial players transferring to other schools next semester, Coach Kim looks forward to next year’s season.

“It’s kinda sad when you have to transfer out players, we have our number ones both transferring to division one schools but hopefully we recruit some people and keep trying,” Kim said.

One player in particular, Business and Marketing major Nathan Eshmate, had a great season ending with a record of 30-0. Eshmate also went on to win the state championship and is looking forward to continuing his tennis career at UC Santa Barbra next semester.

“We got both titles up there and I’m happy to feel like I’ve had the perfect season,” Nathan said. The Cerritos College tennis team is already practicing for next year’s season and is currently recruiting more players.