Swimmers prepare for finals

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The San Joaquin Delta College men and women’s swimming team is heading to the Big 8 swimming championships on Thursday through Saturday.

The team has done well this season and doesn’t plan letting up after the Big 8.

“We should have five girl relays [and] we’re hoping for five guy relays as well,” said Michael Maroney, head coach.

The team needs a certain amount of points to qualify for the state meet that will be happening May 5-7.

Maroney, who is joined by Nathan LeRoy and Nate Varosh, believe that the team has a real shot at making it to the main competition.

“This is the first chance, since I’ve been here, that all the relays could have a realistic shot at making state,” said Maroney.

Sophomore Cassidy Waters, who recently accepted a scholarship to CSU East Bay, said that because of team unity and new talent, they have a chance at qualifying.

“We have a lot of new talent … everyone is just like working hard, it’s a good environment and just wants to do their best,” said Waters.

All coaches’ work together to create a collaborative environment that the team thrives off of.

“All four of us are a great team, and we all work well together,” said Varosh. “All of our weaknesses, someone else has a strength.”

With 25 freshman between the men’s and women’s teams combined, Delta’s future in June Ferguson’s pool looks promising for the upcoming season.