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After reaching championship milestone, swim team strives to continue historic streak

Photo courtesy of Brophy Swim The swim team celebrates after clinching their 25th straight state championship. The swim team’s first meet of the season took place on Sept. 3.

By Brendan C. Hinkle ’16
THE ROUNDUP

Last year the Brophy swim team set a record of 25 state championships in a row.

This year they aren’t holding back.

The swim team is one of the most successful sports at Brophy when it comes to state titles and championships.

“The Brophy swim team has always been a powerhouse, not only in the state, but being nationally recognized frequently,” said swimmer Brad Dorsey ’14.

Not only has the Brophy team won state championships, but they have set swimming time records for other swimmers to beat.

“We are looking at several state records to break,” said swimming head coach Mr. Pat O’Neill. “The most exciting and funnest one should be the 4×50 relay. I have a lineup of six kids that I think could be a part of the record breaking relay.”

Not only does the swim team bring home championships and records at Brophy, but they said they form bonds with the other swimmers and establish friendships. One key to this bonding is the Manresa retreat the team goes to on Labor Day weekend.

“The swimmers love the trip to Manresa,” Mr. O’Neill said. “We go up there and talk about what Brophy swimming means, we talk about a young man making his own decisions, we talk about the grad at grad characteristics, and we really get to know each other on a more personal level. It is one of the highlights of the season for most of the kids.”

Dorsey said he hopes to break the 50 meter freestyle record this year.

The team captains are Ryan McCoy ’14, and Coby Palivathuhal ’14.