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Womens Swim Coach of the Year

Hillary Boos posing with her team at the Merced College on April 21. Photo by Hillary boos.

Hillary Boos, renowned for her expertise in water polo coaching, recently made waves in the swimming world by clinching the coveted CVC Women’s Swim Coach of the Year award.

Her journey with the water polo team has taken a turn for the better. As they
started off the first year, with only five swimmers and last year, with four swimmers. Boos didn’t think they were going to have enough players on the team.

“It was rough,” Boos said. There weren’t very many kids, so Boo had it her goal to get as many girls that she could. The more kids you have, the more points you can score.

Boos found the right and hard working players to be on her team. She held early morning and evening practices to accommodate the schedules of her athletes and pushed them to their limits so they can be their best player they can be.

“My kids put in all the time and effort and I just kind of guide them through everything. They really stepped up this year,” Boos said.

From their turnaround from last year, the Women’s Swim and Dive team took home the Central Valley Conference Champions of 2024. “We ended up scoring enough points to win, I guess because we made such a big turnaround from last year.”

Tori Valdez, a player on the women’s swimming and diving team, shares her excitement on winning the CVC championship as well as her coach winning the Swim Coach of the Year award.

“Winning the championship felt so exhilarating and rewarding. We were
pretty much undefeated throughout the season, however during the conference, the points were really close between us and Merced College,” Valdez said. “It was a stressful and climactic meet but there was no better way to end the season then as champions.”

As well as winning their own award, Valdez shows her appreciation and gratitude for her coach, Hillary Boos.

“It was no brainer to give my coach the award, not only because she coached the championship-winning team, but there was no other coach that was as deserving as she did,” said Valdez. “Her days started with coaching and ending with coaching, I can guarantee that no other coach in the conference put in as much time and dedication that she did.”

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Ashleigh Contreras
Ashleigh Contreras, Reporter
Ashleigh Contreras is a student at Fresno City College who is studying journalism and wants to be a screenwriter in the future. She is 21 years old and was raised and born in Fresno, CA. She enjoys watching movies, her favorite movies of all time are 13 Going on 30, Crazy Stupid Love, and Perks of Being a Wallflower. She is very passionate about writing; she writes poetry in her free time and likes to read about any genre of books. Her favorite books are The Summer I Turned Pretty series and Percy Jackson series and Turtles All the Way Down. Her favorite food is pasta, any kind of pasta really, and any form of potatoes, like hash browns, French fries, etc. She loves art, and creating art. She was studying studio arts till she decided to change it to journalism due to her passion for writing. A screenwriter and a director are something she dreams about becoming. Able to create something for people to watch means so much to her. She’s a person with big dreams and goals. She’s the kind of person who wants it, she will go get it. She’s also very family-orientated. Everything she does is to make her family proud. She also just wants to make herself proud and happy. Putting yourself first is something she has always believed in. There is this one saying that Ashleigh reminds herself whenever she is in her head too much, “At the end of the day, all you got is yourself.”

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