The 2010-2011 George Washington swim season was a year of recruitment, and the team grew to a total of 35 swimmers, the largest team ever for GW. The season was also full of break-out swims from first-time swimmers such as Joshua Landrau, Samuel Espinal, Diego Reynoso and Ledimir Nunez. Landrau emerged as the team’s leading sprinter posting times of 25.5 in the 50yd Free, and 58.0 in the 100yd Free. Samuel and Diego also went from barely being able to swim to 1:05 and 1:07 respectively in the 100yd Free. Ledimir Nunez emerged as the team’s primary Breaststroker posting a best time of 1:15 in the 100yd breast. The regular season ended with 4 wins and 6 losses in a number of hard fought battles with higher-division teams, solidifying George Washington’s place in PSAL swimming. Every team member improved dramatically throughout the season and we look forward to further improvement in the off-season. We are already planning for next fall!
Thirteen swimmers qualified to compete in the post-season PSAL B Division Championship meet in Queens and five swimmers won awards. Senior Johanly Sepulveda qualified for the A-division Championship in the 100yd Backstroke with a 1:12 and he posted a time of 26.30 leading off the 200 freestyle relay. Other highlights included senior Ledimir Nunez taking 12th place in the 100yd Breaststroke, and junior Kevin Brito taking 12th place in the 100yd Butterfly. The team placed 7th out of 28 teams, a big improvement over the 2009-2010 season!
College is the next step for our many seniors. These are: Ledimir Nunez, Jeffrey Mena, Johanly Sepulveda, Jean Carlos Rodriguez, Cirleny Gonzalez, Amy Polanco, Stephen Pena, Stephen Holguin, German Burgos, and Osvaldo Sanchez. Upon completion of high school, all of our seniors will be attending college with destinations including Johns Hopkins University, Colgate University, Binghamton University, Stoney Brook University, Ithaca College, Utica College, St. Bonaventure, and a number of City University of New York campuses. The seniors have shown the work ethic and dedication need to be successful both in the pool and in the classroom, and we wish them the best of luck on their next adventure!
In preparation for the June SAT test, all freshman through junior Swimmer Scholars have begun taking the semi-annual SAT class given by Kaplan Test Prep at George Washington. Hiring the industry-leading Kaplan teachers is just one example of how Trident gives Swimmer Scholars the opportunity to overcome the college admissions gap in low-income neighborhoods.