Athletes Represent Mariner at State Championships

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Vyron Domingo, Angel Ramos, and Alondra Gonzalez. (left to right)

Aaron Ton (he/him) 10th Grade, Section Editor (Sports)

Vyron Domingo places first in the 200-yard individual medley at the Wesco 4A District Meet. Photo by Olivia Vanni.

VYRON DOMINGO

The freshman swimmer has had an exceptional swim season. The Wesco 4A District’s first-seeded swimmer in the 200-yard individual medley took first place at the meet. At the State Championships, Domingo placed 18th in the 200 IM.

A club swimmer for West Coast Aquatics, Domingo has been swimming since the age of 4 and has been a club swimmer since the age of 7.

“Club swimming has helped with my technique. It also helped me mentally prepare,” Domingo said.

His coach, Jennifer Parker-Angelos, put in a lot of effort in preparation for the meet. She was pleased with how he performed.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking to swim at the state meet, but I prepared well and I’m proud of how I did,” Domingo said.

Domingo credits his parents for helping him get to where he is now as a swimmer.

“My parents supported me throughout my entire swim career. They watched me at the meet and I’m glad that I made them proud.”

Angel Ramos wrestles at Mariner’s meet again Archbishop Murphy High School. Photo by Carolina Barajas.

ANGEL RAMOS

The sophomore wrestler in the 220 lbs weight class earned an alternate spot at the Mat Classic XXXIII by placing 5th at the Regional tournament.

Ramos began wrestling in middle school and was a club wrestler from grades 7-9 for the Arlington-based Punisher Wrestling Company. He wrestles with grit and determination, always looking to perform at his best.

At the district meet, Ramos had a tough first match, losing 17-2, but his second match yielded a better result.

“My second match was a really good match. I was upset about my first loss, so I used that to drive me,” Ramos said.

Ramos went on to win his second and third match, setting himself up in the fifth-place match for a chance to grab an alternate spot in the state championships.

“I was nervous, but at the same time, I knew that I had to win,” Ramos said. “During the match, I was going full blast. In the end, I got my opponent with the pin.”

Ramos went to the state championships but did not compete in any matches.

“Even though I didn’t get a match, I was happy that I got to attend,” Ramos said. “It was a great learning experience.”

Ramos wrestles with grit and determination; his passion carries him to perform his best. Since his first season of wrestling, where he finished with a record of 9-1, Ramos has always looked to improve.

“I want to get better. With wrestling, you end up loving the sport, regardless of if you win or lose,” Ramos said.

Alondra Gonzalez wrestles against Tegan Blackburn from Bellingham SD. Photo by FloWrestling.

ALONDRA GONZALEZ

The senior wrestler in the 140 lbs weight class went to the Mat Classic XXXIII as an alternate.

At districts, Gonzalez won three matches and lost two, placing 6th.

“I was able to get a spot at regionals as an alternate but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to compete,” Gonzalez said. “But a girl ended up getting injured, so I got to compete.”

Gonzalez seized her opportunity and placed 6th at regionals, earning an alternate spot at the state meet. Although she didn’t get a match, going to the meet was a memorable event for her.

“It’s a crazy experience,” Gonzalez said. “There were somewhere around 24 mats at the meet, it was huge! It was really fun.”

The team captain of Mariner’s girls wrestling team competes with determination and resilience, always leaving everything that she has out on the mat in her wrestling seasons with Mariner.