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Alex Valente Swims Record Setting 100 Butterfly

By Britni Tisdale

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DP Junior Alex Valente (Photo / Jason Paras)

DP Junior Alex Valente (Photo / Jason Paras)

By Britni Tisdale | Staff Writer

May 30, 2014

Junior Alex Valente made history in the l00 butterfly with a time of  46.69, setting a CIF Southern Section Championship record, fulfilling many expectations except for his own. 

“When I finished the race I knew I broke the record, but once I looked at the scoreboard and saw my time I was unexpectedly unsatisfied. I feel like I didn’t reach my full potential in that point in the season, but I did beat CIF record so I’m not complaining,” said swimmer Valente.

Valente’s first 50 split off the blocks was 21.88 and 24.81 on the second. Once he touched the wall, he said that based on the crowd’s cheering, he had a good idea that he had succeeded in his goal of  beating the record set last year.

“My favorite part about winning was after the race my friend and previous record holder Kyle Gornay was standing behind the blocks cheering for me,” said Valente. “As soon as I got out of the water, he was the first one to shake my hand and congratulate me. To see someone who I look up to congratulating me on beating his own record it was just so great to experience.”

Last year at finals as a sophomore, Valente swam a 47.41 finishing second to Gornay’s record-setting time of 46.83.

“I wanted to break the record last year, but being a sophomore and so young it would be really hard. This year I knew it was obtainable and so for the past year I’ve been working towards this goal,” Valente said.

Training isn’t only about its physicality’s. Valente believes the mental battle is even more significant.  Athletes have to be ready physical, but go in with the right mind set striving to be the best.

“The hardest part about training for CIF is self-motivation having to wake up early in the morning by the crack of dawn all by yourself to go train in order to get better. Having to push myself to get better because it was my goal not my coaches or my family’s goal. So having self discipline and motivation is definitely hard,”  said Valente.

Overall, Valente is pleased with the Chargers’ performance this year and looks to set more personal and team records next year, his senior year.

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