By Channing Whitaker
The Northwood High School swim team has been a powerhouse program the last three years having a tremendous amount of success in the pool. Some of the accolades from the boys include three straight Pacific Coast league titles and winning the 2018 CIF Southern Section and State Championships. While for the girls, they have had top three finishes in the Pacific Coast League in such a short span of success. Now what comes with success also comes with losing talent year in and year out as the program has graduated 9 swimmers within the last three years who are swimming at the college level. Despite losing great talent, coach Alex Nieto in his 11th season overall does not view losing talent as a disadvantage for his team.
“It’s not so much now trying to find new talent and new leaders,” said Coach Alex. “It’s been more of keeping them positive about everything that happens throughout the season.”
In terms of how the team has done this season, both the boys and girls have had strong showings so far. The boys are currently 6-4 overall (3-1 in the Pacific Coast League) with a 1st place finish at the Irvine Relays. While the girls are currently 5-5 overall (3-1 in the Pacific Coast League) with a 2nd place finish at the Irvine Relays. While sustaining excellence, coach Alex describes what the swim season has been like so far.
“It’s just positive. It’s been good,” said Coach Alex. “It’s been a good challenge and just trying to keep momentum up and keeping the positive attitudes together as the team itself does that a lot.”
In terms of the meets that Northwood High School has coming up, they will be competing at the Foothill Invitational at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, CA on April 13 at 10 AM. This will feature some of the best high school swim teams and swimmers in the Southern California area as HSPN Sports will be live on site covering this event. Additionally, they will have a dual meet at home with Irvine High School on April 17 before wrapping up the league season up with the Pacific Coast League Finals at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, CA on April 26 at 2 PM. To prepare for the league finals, coach Alex talked about what he wants to see from this team in the upcoming meets.
“Just having the maturity to not have any of the outside noise get to them and staying positive no matter what,” said Coach Alex. “Overall, just keeping it together as the meets and the events roll on and believing that we are ready to go for league title number four for the boys.”
Below is HSPN Correspondent David Hill talking about the Northwood High School Swim Program and the upcoming events that we will be attending with the team. For more content related to HSPN Sports, go to HSPNSportsLIVE on YouTube and subscribe to the channel.