The Dragons boy’s swim team was on fire this season! Going 6-0 in conference, the team finished their season third in Region and sent four events to the State Tournament. As a team, many records were broken, like the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 100 Fly and 100 Free.
For the 200 Medley Relay, swimmers Peyton Hopkins, Marcos Villanueva, George Chavez and Alex Bagrensky broke the record with a 2:01.05 time. For the 50 Free, Alex Bagrensky broke the record with a 24.27 time. For the 100 Fly, Alex Bagrensky broke the record with a 1:04.21 time. And lastly, for the 100 Free, Alex Bagrensky broke the record with a 55.21 time.
“(The team) took all the goals I had for (them) and absolutely smashed them,” Head Coach Kenneth Belknap said. “I wanted us to be competitive all season with an outside shot of making State and these boys put on a dominate season, out swimming every other school in our division, besides Boulder City.”
This season, the most meaningful meet for the team was the Regional Finals. There, every swimmer swam personal records and some swimmers even broke a couple school records. The biggest accomplishment from the meet, though, was finishing third overall in Region, which is something just a couple years ago the team never thought they would accomplish.
“There were too many proud moments to count from this season, but I would say the best moment was just seeing how well these boys performed under pressure and swim so well,” Coach Belknap said.
There were many DSA swimmers who earned awards and recognition this year. Alex Bagrensky earned a place on the First Team, and George Chavez, Peyton Hopkins, Richard Munoz, Ashton Roberts and Marcos Villanueva all earned a spot on the Second Team.
This season was one to remember for the Dragons, and they are very proud of all the achieved goals and accomplishments this year.
“I just want to tell (the team) how much I appreciate their hard work and dedication,” Coach Belknap said. “Almost all of these boys came to me a couple years ago not knowing how to swim at all and just a few short seasons later they’re breaking records and competing at the highest level possible in high school swim.”