Coach Vuskalns has been around the BGHS pool for a long time. This season is his 25th season as head coach of the boys swim team and they have a lot to celebrate. Earlier in the season they earned an ICC championship. This is their 8th consecutive conference championship.
Thursday’s sectional qualifier advanced several swimmers along with a new school record for senior Jack Ulery. Jack broke the 32 year old 500 Freestyle record with a time of 4:57.06. This time eclipsed original record holder Andy McVey who swam a 4:58.60 back in 1986. Jack will compete in the 500 freestyle sectional finals on Saturday for a chance to compete at the state meet.
Other swimmers advancing to sectional finals include:
200 Medley Relay Team (1:57.94)
Trent Eckstein, Chase Williams, Andy Galvez, Brian Sorensen
200 Freestyle (1:53.51)
50 Freestyle (22.80 )
100 Butterfly (57.28)
500 Freestyle (4:57.06)
200 Freestyle Relay (1:37.23)
Shamar Gentle, Logan Boyce, Janis Vuskalns, Drew Boyce
400 Freestyle Relay (3:34.77)
Logan Boyce, Janis Vuskalns, Jack Ulery, Drew Boyce
Coach Vuskalns mentioned the work ethic many of his swimmers have put in throughout the season. He praised sophomore Trent Eckstein who has improved tremendously and is a model of dedication. He is a hard worker who Vuskalns hopes to see improve even more as an upper classman. Vuskalns has been proud of Ulery’s consistency and son Janis Vuskalns’ ability to push himself to the limit. Finally, coach Vuskalns reflected on how far senior Shamar Gentle has come in his two years of swimming along with Drew Boyce’s natural ability in the water.