The Warren Athletic Department is proud to announce our next Athletes of the Week: Emily Galindo and Lorenzo Edwards. These two student-athletes are both integral members of the Varsity Swim Team. Their seasons recently wrapped up with standout performances and CIF Division 3 qualifying times.
Galindo is a senior who has been representing the Warren Varsity Swim Team for four years. Galindo’s swimming career started well before her time at Warren High School. She began taking swimming lessons at age 7 through the Roosevelt pool. After only two years of swimming lessons, she dedicated herself to the sport and joined the club swimming ranks with the Lynwood Marlins. She has been swimming for 10 years with the Marlins, and she continues to train with this team even though her competitive career is coming to a close. She has remained loyal to one club because they have become family to her; she has forged bonds with her coaches and teammates that are simply irreplaceable. Galindo’s prolific career notched a few highlights this year. It was a challenging season because she found herself plateauing for most of the meets; however, she peaked at just the right time. Galindo secured PR’s (personal records) at the San Gabriel Valley League Finals in both the 500 free (5:45.20) and the 100 fly (1:07.63). Not only were these her best times, but they were also CIF consideration cuts. For Galindo, other fond memories also include working with Coach Tse and Coach Villa to get advice that eventually helped her secure these top times. Now that Galindo’s high school swimming is coming to a close, she reminisces about her best memories over the course of her 4 years. It has been about the relationships as much as it has been about the actual sport of swimming. Galindo asserts that her high school teammates have grown into a family. The boys’ and girls’ swim team have fostered strong bonds–training together and supporting one another. They get excited for one another’s triumphs, and they support one another through the struggles. Galindo knows a thing or two about struggles. Not only does she compete in a physically challenging double (100 fly followed by the 500 free), but this year, she also had to deal with the mental struggle of repeatedly hitting the same times in those events. Galindo maintains that the struggle actually helped to push her more. She had the opportunity to try other events that she does not typically swim (in an effort to break the monotony and the rut). She also faced the struggle of balancing academics and athletics, as she maintained her position in AVID and athletics through all four years. Again, this struggle paid off, as Galindo will be the first in her family to advance to college. Galindo is now looking forward to attending college, pursuing a teaching credential (specifically in elementary education), and advancing to the heights of high school and/or club swim coach. She might eventually like to coach for her club team–the Lynwood Marlins–or return to her alma mater in order to coach the Bears. It’s odd that the swim season is coming to a close for Galindo because she cannot imagine her life without swimming. She is saddened to think that she will not see the friends with whom she has forged such strong bonds on a daily basis. The friendships fostered on the pool deck are now facing rougher waters as Galindo and her teammates prepare to part ways and set out on their respective collegiate adventures. No matter what happens, Galindo is proud of her time with the Warren swim team. She believes that it helped her to become a more dedicated, collaborative, hard-working, and independent person. Swimming has strengthened her personal development, and she will surely use those skills as she embarks on her collegiate pursuits. If she could offer some advice to the underclassmen, she would affirm, “Be involved! Be active in campus life!” As far as athletics, she recommends, “Be engaged in all aspects of the athletic department. Learn from other athletes; support other athletes. Learn to manage your time and use your sport as a positive and productive outlet.”
Edwards is a junior on the Varsity Swim Team. This concludes his third season earning a varsity letter. Edwards has been swimming for 10 years, first learning at the Santa Fe Springs Aquatic Center before moving to the Norwalk Aquatics Center. Edwards still trains at Norwalk, concluding his 5th year with the program. His specialties are the 200 IM and the 100 back, in which he earned PR’s this season at just the right time–San Gabriel Valley League Finals. After a season of plateaued performances, everything clicked for Edwards at league finals as he turned in his best times of his career: 2:05.98 in the 200IM and :57.00 in the 100 back. These times were strong enough to secure CIF cuts, which is great because some of Edwards fondest memories take place with the boys’ and girls’ swim teams at CIF. He loves to compete, but he also loves spending time with his teammates in practice and outside of practice. Akin to Galindo, this season presented its challenges because Edwards recurrently matched the same times; however, he found his breakthrough performances when it mattered most. He also had to balance a full load of honors and AP courses, so managing his time wisely and prioritizing his workload with his training became a critical challenge. Edwards found that everything came together for him the moment he donned his fastskin, so all of those challenges paid off. Now, he is extremely excited to continue into his senior season with his teammates and friends. He has some lofty goals for his senior year–first and foremost, Edwards hopes to win league finals as a team. He also intends to drop more time in his individual events. He knows that these goals will be difficult, but he believes that they are attainable if he and his teammates resolve themselves to “never give up.” “Keep training; give yourself the chance to beat the best!” Edwards is looking forward to his senior season because he cannot imagine his life without athletics. When he isn’t competing in swim, he is competing for the Bears’ cross country team, so he would always be an athlete even if he did not swim. He does not know what life would be like for him outside of athletics. He would always want to find a way to be involved in high school sports. After high school, his priorities might change as he hopes to focus on engineering in college, but for now, he will continue to look forward to what he hopes will prove to be a dominant senior season.
Again, congratulations to our Athletes of the Week–Emily Galindo and Lorenzo Edwards!