CLINTON — Clinton’s swimming team is seeking to do three things this winter: win meets, improve on times and become more disciplined in and out of the pool.
The Kings defeated Davenport North in the season opener 97-72 in the varsity division as well as 107-3 at the junior varsity level’s second competitive meet of the season.
Leading the way for the Kings was captain Trevor Kao. He was responsible for 28 team points in the win but was quick to credit the team for its tenacity in the meet.
“They never quit, never gave up,” Kao, a senior, said. “We saw a lot of time drops, which is what we like to see. Everyone stayed positive throughout the night and hung in there.”
Individually, Kao likes to remain humble about his 28-point appearance. He placed first in 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. He also contributed to the medley relays that also placed first.
“I had a decent meet,” he said with a smirk. “My teammates have been pushing me a lot, and we’ve just been pushing each other every time. I’ve seen improvements individually, but there’s always room to get better.”
Clinton coach Albert Hayton believes that the swimmers have the desire to do better and make another run toward the state tournament.
“They produce as a team, and they’re excited to see the results they put out, including seeing drops in times,” Hayton said.
Clinton won multiple events in the meet as a team, including the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.
“They bond quite well together,” Hayton said. “They like to challenge each other every minute they’re in the pool.”
Hayton said one of the biggest goals while still early in the season was to keep the swimmers becoming better stroke-by-stroke.