Swim and Dive
By Ellis Sondrup
The Cougars continued their successful season in the pool this Friday and Saturday, April 23rd and 24th, with divers competing at the municipal pool and swimmers racing at multigen. Since this season is not scored, the Cougs have no wins to record, only top performances across the board, topping many swimmers from Silverado, SECTA and Basic.
Coronado boasts four talented female divers this year: Audrey Ellis, Aubrey Underwood, Kacey Hu and captain Samantha Nguyen. Each week, these divers compete at the municipal pool against schools from across the valley.
“Diving during the pandemic has been pretty stressful for me,” said captain and senior Samantha Nguyen. “I’m thankful that we were able to get a high school season this year….The first meet for me was a little rough but I bounced back for the second meet.”
The men’s and women’s swim teams continue to dominate the region and have established themselves as the team to beat. Although no records were broken this week, the Cougs boasted speedy swims. Sophomore Maddie Herbert won the 100 yard freestyle handily with a time of 52.05, Kylie Beaudet and Pilar Cohen finished first and second in the 100 yard breaststroke and Daniel Nickeloff came in under two minutes in the 200 yard I.M. The Cougars won nearly every event, topping Silverado, SECTA and Basic.
“I think Corondao is doing really great against the other teams,” freshman Parker Woodward said. “We have lots of strong swimmers and we win all the time. It’s really exciting to see everyone on the Coronado team doing so well.”
The Cougs dive this Friday, April 30th at municipal, and swim Saturday May 1st against Las Vegas, Liberty and Foothill.
Track and Field
By Wyatt Boyle
During their second meet of the season on Friday, April 23, Coronado Track and Field took first place against Silverado and Green Valley Christian.
The men won with a score of 142, solidifying Coronado’s first place spot. Noah Bringhurst took first in the 100m dash, Kaden Vermillion took third in the mile, and Brendan Waldrop won both hurdle events. The Cougars took the top three spots in pole vault, with Josh Banks clearing a high of 13’06”. Kaitano Bateman took first in second in the triple and long jump. Jaylen Garrison took first place in the high jump.
“I’m happy with how I ran,” junior Brendan Waldrop said. “I still have the whole season ahead of me to improve, and can’t wait to see what happens.”
Women’s track dominated the competition with a score of 136 points, coming ahead of second place Silverado with 99. Amirah Mathews took first place in the 100m dash, Erin Shannon won the mile, and Hailey Wickens took first in the 300m hurdles. For pole vault, Coronado girls took the top six spots, with Kaylee Daniel and Megan Barid scoring first and second respectively. In the triple jump, Kayli Middleton took third. Eryn Roques took second in the long jump, and first in the high jump.
The cougars’ next meet is in their home stadium on May seventh, against Green Valley, Liberty, and Lincoln.