Vipers take first swim meet over Westwood and McNeil

Daniel Farrow, Staff Reporter

At 9 a.m. last Friday morning, the Vipers, Warriors and Mavericks met at Bella Mar pool in Steiner Ranch for the first district swim meet of the 2021-2022 season.

The Vipers won the meet with 446.50 points over the Warrior’s 417.50 and the Maverick’s 171. Coach Jason Schmidt was confident in his swimmers coming into the meet.

“On paper we’re very competitive,” Schmidt said. “We’ll see how quickly we swim and how we fair with the other teams.”

Senior and captain Julian Yung, who helped the Vipers to a 200 relay win, was focused on positivity and productivity headed into the competition.

“As this is our first meet we are trying to keep some fun in the air while maintaining some solid swims,” Yung said. “Westwood and McNeil are our competitors with both being very strong swim teams.”

The highest overall score contributions were by senior and Captain Avery Wong and junior Adian Spalding. But while points were important, Schmidt also spoke of the positive atmosphere around the team.

“[The vibe is] so positive, so exciting,” Schmidt said. “I think they’re raring to go. They’re like a racecar engine ready to take off.”

Though meets during school are tough to attend for students, Yung had some encouraging words for his team and the Vipers back on campus.

“I want the students of Vandy to know we are going to represent all Vipers this year,” Yung said. “We are very excited for our season.”