There is a new swimming dynasty in the city and it is Lynn Tech.
Coach Brad Tilley’s Tigers made it four city titles in a row, besting runner-up English and third-place finisher Classical for Lynn bragging rights.
What’s been the reason for resurgence of the Tech swimming program?
“I think it’s the type of kid we’re getting it at Lynn Tech now,” said Tilley. “Lynn Tech is not the school of old. Ever since [former Principal] Bart Conlon brought in the eighth grade program and they established a criteria for admission, the parents are realizing that this is quite an academic school now, so we’re getting the kids.”
Victor Vasquez was brilliant in the City Meet, winning two individual and two relay events.
“Victor is a tremendous athlete,” said Tilley. “He’s a hard worker and along with our captains, he’s been guiding us all year.”
Andrew Guy had two first-place and two second-place finishes. Josh Rockwood won the backstroke event.
Freshman Dayan Gonzalez was victorious in the diving and 100-butterfly events.
Tech also won the State Vocational swimming championship, making it quite a run for the Tilley-led Tigers.
“It’s all good – we have the best vocational school team and the best team in the city,” said Tilley.
Tilley said several seniors are leaving after this season, but he’s hopeful that Tech can continue its reign over the city.
“We’ll be back next year – these coaches will bring the team back,” said Tilley. “We’ll just reload and our coaches will get more kids out for the team.”