Emily Alaniz, Managing Editor and Makayla Coffee, Editor-In-Chief The boys swim and dive team dominated at their home meet Thursday night over a different type of competition for them, Taylor Truman. With Taylor’s team being very small compared to the Bear’s, many of the swimmers got the opportunity to swim different events that they usually do not. “We didn’t do our usual events and relays so everyone got to try something different…” senior Max Bearden said. Not only were the events swum differently, but the environment and competition was different too. “This meet was different because we were up against the smallest team in the league, they only had four swimmers, and it’s just something we weren’t quite used to,” senior captain Phillip Pelland said. The boys were able to get a lead over Truman quickly with outstanding performances by seniors Leland Broge in the 100 free of 0:52 seconds, Pelland’s 100 breast of 1:06 and Alex Hickey’s 50 free of 0:23 seconds. Although the Bears knew they were in the lead through the duration of the meet, they demonstrated ethical behavior to support Truman. “I think that the team swam relatively well considering that the competition was not something we were used to and I also think we showed good sportsmanship to the other team…” Pelland said. One of the many acts of good sportsmanship demonstrated by the team was during the 500 yard freestyle after the Bear’s swimmers were done, they continued to cheer on for Truman’s last competitor. “My role as a team captain is to provide leadership and be a role model for the younger members on the team… I think showing them how to be a good sport and be more than just a competitor is a good way to be a role model for them,” Pelland said. Even though the boys won there were still some parts of the meet that were challenging, even against a smaller team. “The meet against this team was difficult in the sense that it was a different tempo for us, we’re used to having all this energy and knowing to try our best at being super fast, but with Taylor we were all more laid back and had to almost lose our normal tempo… Overall though everyone did well in their events,” Hickey said. Although this was a different type of competition for the Bears, they portrayed good sportsmanship and were able to get the win. Their next meet is February 8 at Riverview.