Swimmers Reclaim CCS Title; Coach Rogers Honored

Posted: May 15, 2017

With a sense of renewed focus and a desire to honor retiring coach Larry Rogers, our swim team reclaimed the Central Coast Section (CCS) championship on Saturday, May 13, at the Santa Clara International Swim Center.

Coach Rogers, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 36 years at Bellarmine, was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the meet. “It’s all about the kids, and the kids — today, yesterday — they swam the best they could. Whether we win or lose, it doesn’t matter. Obviously we want to win, but it’s just a matter of the kids performing, and we’ve always performed at the highest level. And that’s all that matters,” he said.

Because the Bells' 31-year streak as CCS champions was broken last year, the team was more determined than ever to put forth their best efforts. “It was tough last year losing, but we came back strong and we were ready to go fast this year." Bellarmine junior Nathan Yates told the San Jose Mercury News. "And I’m just so happy for Mr. Rogers and for the team, because honestly, it was the team that stepped up.”

The Bells took first place in two events - the 400 Free Relay (3:06.04) and the 100 yard backstroke (49.39). However, it was depth that was crucial to the championship win.

Results:

1st: Bellarmine 264 points
2nd: St. Francis 230 points
3rd: Gunn 174 points

Boys 200Y Medley Relay Aaron White, Jack McNamara, Chris Roling, Emmanuel Ngbemeneh 5th
Boys 200Y Free Ryan Lewis 7th
Oli Holt 12th
Boys 50Y Free Emmanuel Ngbemeneh 9th
Max Saunders 11th
Boys 1M Diving Dominic Carollo 10th
Boys 100Y Fly Nathan Yates 3rd
Boys 100Y Free Max Saunders 3rd
Boys 500Y Free Gavin McGee 5th
Christopher Roling 7th
Ryan Lewis 8th
Oli Holt 13th
Boys 200Y Free Relay Nathan Yates, Oli Holt, Max Saunders, Ryan Lewis 2nd
Boys 100Y Backstroke Nathan Yates 1st
Gavin McGee 9th
Boys 100Y Breaststroke Jack McNamara 7th
Michael Brannan 11th
Jeffrey Ma 14th
Boys 400 Free Relay Nathan Yates, Oli Holt, Max Saunders, Ryan Lewis 1st

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