Summer league swim program helps Lornson


Stephanie Matsumoto

Allison Lornson, a junior, works on her breaststroke during practice. The team had swimmers stand on a kickboard and use their arms to move forward.

Starting from a young age junior Allison Lornson had a love for being in the water.
Spending each summer at the pool, her summer hobby grew into a serious commitment.

“Ever since I was little I always loved to go swimming in the summer,” she said. “Once I was introduced into competitive swimming, I enjoyed it ever since.”
She began competitive swim at the age of 10 where she swam in a summer league
and competed against other teams around Stockton.

“Signing up for summer league is what has inspired me to love competing.”

Having previous experience with swimming coming into high school, Lornson says how high school swim is similar to summer league.

“We both show a competitive side,” she said. “But in high school you swim with kids who are 15 to 18 years old and during summer league there are kids as young as 5 years old swimming.”

Though she is only a junior she is no stranger to competing at varsity level. This is her third year on varsity and she is only getting better.
“Every day I try to improve my swimming. I push myself harder and harder and I hope by the end of the year I’ll have reached my goals.”

As a sophomore she won most valuable player for swim and hopes to potentially earn it again this year. Aside from swim she plays water polo as well.
“Water polo has helped me so much. It made me become an even stronger swimmer and it keeps your stamina up.”

This year Lornson is very confident in her performance as well as her teammates. She explains how her team is very competitive against each other.
“There is always someone faster than us on another team and that pushes us more to get better and faster.”

Competing in events such as breastroke, freestyle and butterfly, Lornson favors the breaststroke and freestyle since she is stronger in those two events due to her body build.
“I have long legs, I can kick and use them much more than using arms.”

“Her knowledge of the strokes from having swam longer than a lot of the other kids has allowed her to be one of the best swimmers on our team,” swim and water polo coach Marcus Sherman said.
Every year she sees improvement in herself as well as her team.

“I see us getting faster, stronger and better,” she said. Having a very supportive and competitive team she says how they all push each other to strive for first place in every competition.
“This year should be a great year for us.”