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Freshman Holly DiSimone nabs PRHS Fly Record


Girls Varsity Swim beats out Eagles

As swimmers scramble to gather their teammates, popping into different classrooms here at Paso Robles High School, a bus engine starts to rumble. After a mission to locate two teammates, the swim and dive team is finally ready to depart for sunny Arroyo Grande on Mar 21, 2019. The meet is highly anticipated, for the AG aquatics department is revered. Although the Eagles may soar in the lanes, the Bearcats were not daunted.

Holly DiSimone , along with some other Bearcats at the meet, had done meets like this many times before. Lucky for her, instead of swimming her usual, the 200 butterfly, DiSimone was preparing to swim the 100 free and 100 butterfly. She had an early lead compared to the 7 other swimmers in her heat. With dolphin kicks well past the flags, her turn at the 25 mark was flawless and she finished out the 50 with a strong two-hand touch. The fearless freshman is now a school record holder, just barely snagging the 58:75 31-year-old 100 meter butterfly record by one thousandth of a second. Head coach Michael Sauret’s cheer could be heard from across the pool deck as the historic time illuminated the scoreboard in bright orange numbers.

At the annual Frosh-Soph meet, which took place on Mar 9, 2019, DiSimone swam exceedingly well in her two personal events: the 100 free and 100 butterfly. In the 100 fly, she won the heat during prelims and came back for finals and dominated the entire event.

For the 100 freestyle she is now the anchor of the A 4 by 100 relay. She has the fastest split of the girls varsity team with her time of 54.70.

Post-race glow- Holly DiSimone smiles for the camera
Photo by Jasmine Rangel

By the end of the day, the girls varsity team triumphed over the Eagles, with a final score of 197-112. Sophomore Kendall Moffitt took first place in the 200 free, and Jasen Line made CIF 200 freestyle.

Concentration on the block- Kelly Nguyen watches her teammate finish as she prepares to dive.
Photo by Jasmine Rangel

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