Boys Varsity Swimming · Boys Swim Builds on Successful Season


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.

Photos by: David Dixon

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)

Jack Ulery

50 Freestyle (22.80 )

Drew Boyce

100 Butterfly (57.28)

Janis Vuskalns

500 Freestyle (4:57.06)

Jack Ulery

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.