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College lets cats live on campus Trap, neuter, release more effective than euthanizing cats JACOB WILSON

Staff Writer

In addition to 10,000 students, two colonies of feral cats have decided to make College of the Sequoias their education destination. About two years ago, the college began a pilot project to replace the strategy of trapping cats and taking them to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to be euthanized. The college’s new plan is to trap, neuter and release the cats back on campus instead. This method, known as "TNR", has been used with success in recent years. The ASPCA has begun to endorse this method to reduce populations of stray cats. Not only are the cats neutered, but they are also vaccinated, lessening any possible danger to students and faculty. “[With TNR], there’s no cost to the college… so it was worth a try,” said Ralph Mallouf, maintenance manager at the college. According to Mallouf, the college has had issues with stray cats for years. The cats have been on campus as long as he’s been here for the past 7 and 1/2 years. Trapping and killing the cats is highly ineffective, said Mallouf. Once a cat is removed from the population, another cat replaces it within weeks. In addition, each time a cat gets pregnant, about 5 more are produced, said former adjunct ESL instructor Steve Surowiec. While teaching at the college, Surowiec noticed the population of strays near the

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Baseball wins first game against Fresno City 5-3 Pictured: Christian Gastelum, third baseman from Tulare, fielding a ball.

College of the Sequoias' baseball team played a disciplined game in their Tuesday game, earning a 5-3 victory over Fresno City College. This win is the latest in a four-game winning streak. The team is currently first place in the Central Valley Conference, and within the top 10 teams in Northern California. Their next games are Thursday, March 20 at Fresno, and Saturday, March 22 at home. For all the latest updates and scores follow the college's baseball team at @Seqbaseball.

Who will be the Biggest Loser?

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Many clueless about sex, presenter says

The Biggest Loser COS Style is in full swing. Participants can attend hour-long aerobic work out sessions with coordinator of the health center, Patricia Alvarez, in the TLC Room Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1.


Staff Writer

Veteran sexologist Dr. Justine Shuey explored the misconceptions of sex in America for a packed house at COS last Wednesday evening. More than 220 students and faculty members attended her sex conference. She engaged the crowd as she proclaimed that women should explore their sex drive fearlessly. In a world where "sex sells," and erotic projections are displayed in almost every media outlet, Shuey’s message was that many adults, especially women, are clueless about sex and their sexual roles. “Sexual pleasure is good for you, you can have better over all health, reduce stress and tensions,” Shuey said. “Orgams help with headaches.” Shuey is a Board Certified Sexologist


[College of the Sequoias] is not just an educational institution that just wants to help you graduate. PATRICIA ALVAREZ, HEALTH CENTER COORDINATOR


Based on the sensational reality television show, Biggest Loser, the program is geared to boost the morale and health of COS students. Alvarez is determined to accelerate a physical program as well as incorporating educational tips on a healthier diet. “COS is not just an educational institute that just wants to help you graduate,” Alvarez said. The TLC Room is located upstairs, above the Student Lounge. The Biggest Loser, COS Style, is a competition between the COS campuses. Any student enrolled at any of the college's three campuses can participate. The two competitions center around

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The thing about female sexuality is that there are a ton of double standards, and it drives me nuts!

Patricia Alvarez, health center coordinator, sweats it out with students during one of the college's Biggest Loser aerobic workout sessions.

who loses the greatest percentage of body weight, and who attend the most workouts with Alvarez. Students who are unable to attend work out sessions with Alvarez can do physical activities such as jogging or walking with

groups of three or more. The incentive is a chance to be entered in a drawing to win a $110.00 prize. Dominique Camarena, a paralegal major, feels that the program is more than just


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Scholarships available for summer classes

College to hold budget forums in Tulare, Visalia

The College of the Sequoias Foundation has made 100 scholarship positions available for eligible students who will attend summer session classes. Applicants must be current students at the college and will be picked solely by units completed and GPA. Applications close March 31. More information is available at the college's website or by calling (559) 730-3878.

The college will be holding two budget forums later this month. The forums will be led by the college's Vice President of Administrative Services Christine Statton and will discuss the budget analysis generated by the college's District Budget Committee. Tulare's forum will be held March 24 in Room B223 Visalia's forum will be held March 26 in Ponderosa.

Food donations accepted

Jane Goodall speaking at Bakersfield College

Book drive on Friday at Visalia campus

Food Insecurity Taskforce success

Jane Goodall, famous for her research around chimpanzees and their habitats, will be speaking at Bakersfield College on April 1. The event will be held at the college's Gil Bishop Sports Center, and will cost $15. Tickets are available at the Bakersfield College Ticket Office, online at http://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/ticketoffice/, or by phone at (661) 395-4326.


College of the Sequoias will serve as the site for a book drive held by Read for Life on Friday, March 21. The book drive is held in conjunction with ABC 30, the Tulare County Office of Education, and First Book. The drive will be held in the college's front circle driveway, and books appropriate for ages 0-3 will be accepted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Every Friday, the College of the Sequoias Health Center is accepting donations of nonperishable food at the Health Center. The Health Center calls the events "Food Friday," though donations are accepted throughout each semester any day of the week. For more information, call the college's health center at (559) 730-3880. The Food Insecurity Taskforce arranging the Food Friday and Nutrition on the Go events announced they had successfully served 350 individuals with free fruits and vegetables during a Tuesday event. Nutrition on the Go events are held the first Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the quad, and on other dates as available.




Twerk it out, girl AMANDA WILBUR

Managing Editor

Miley Cyrus is an individual that all women could look up to and strive to be like. Twerking away her title as Hannah Montana, Miley has found a way to express herself and her individuality. She has shown time and time again that she will not listen to the critical analysis from the media, but instead, she will do what truly makes her happy. While many people seem to only see Miley in a negative light deeming her actions as irresponsible or disrespectful, all Miley has done is show her true personality. Hannah Montana, a character she only played, seemed to drown who she really was in the media and became what everyone actually saw her as. However, this past year Miley has done everything she could to get away from that image. While many won't agree with how Miley has chosen to shed this title, no one can wrong Miley for choosing to finally be herself. Miley is a person who likes to express herself through what she enjoys doing, and this is something that many of us could aim to do. In society today, individuality has been lost. We live in a world where conformity is the norm. Sadly, if you don't choose to live your life to the same standards as society, you are only seen as someone who is constantly doing something wrong. More people need to escape from the norm of society, and find their own way to express who they are, not who everyone wants them to be. I'm not saying that more women should take up twerking, and run out and buy foam fingers, but, more women should strive to be like Miley by ignoring the judgements of others and finally being themselves. People need to stop silencing their voices, and instead, show the world who they truly are. We need to realize that we aren't automatically wrong. We have the right to think differently. Miley demonstrates the courage that all of us need to have. We need to stop allowing others' opinions to affect our happiness, and follow our own dreams. We all need to stop conforming into the pressure from other's views of us, and instead, be happy with who we are and who we choose to be. We all need to be a little more like Miley.


Editor-in-Chief Tony Maldonado Ad Manager Elizabeth Brazil Opinion Editor Marin Hilger

Sports Editor Matthew Beavers Multimedia Editor Daniel Nunez Advisers Judy House Gary Kazanjian



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Use your financial aid money wisely BRYAN URRUTIA


College tuition is continuing its skyrocketing venture. With the price of an education being at an all-time high, many students around the country in nearly all colleges complete what is known as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Here at College of The Sequoias, the situation is no different. Unfortunately, there is a huge lack of responsibility of its beneficiaries: the students. For those who do not know, financial aid is disbursed over only a few payment dates in the form of Pell Grants and Cal Grants for each semester at College of The Sequoias. As financially burdened college students are the recipients


of this subsidy, they climb the academic ladder with help from government programs such as FAFSA which yields sums of money to students in need looking to continue their education. That said, the government is doing their part to ensure our educational endeavors are secured, now it's time the students do theirs. It is surprising to me how much of this money is actually being put to the students 'needs'. After all, that is why the FAFSA exists and why students are given money in the first place; to suffice necessities, not desires. Many financial aid students will use their money for things that in no way help them succeed in their academic endeavors. A new tattoo or a brand

new smart phone both things that anyone can live without. This is what I mean by the misuse of aid money. Coming to COS for the first time and receiving more money than one probably receives in any one paycheck, students typically become overwhelmed by the amount of money they are in fact given. Of course you have your classes and books, bills and gas, and other school related expenses that need immediate attention. But when all is said and done, lots of students end up with money available. Thus, the question - What do I do with the rest of my money? Yes, you could in fact go buy that Apple device that you have been wanting, or that tattoo that you've been wanting for months now.

The problem becomes worse when a student does not have any bills, fees, or other financial obligations to pay off at the time of the aid payment and the money is at their disposal with no forethought as to where it should go. The point here is that we need to use whatever we get from the government wisely. That's not to say that gas, food, and other toiletries are not necessities, but in times of crisis, when money has it's biggest voice, it is important to prioritize. Are new clothes truly needs, or are they simply desires? You only get one education; only you, the college student, can decide how you want to use the help offered to pay for it.

Follow San Francisco's example: ban disposable water bottles JESSE SOTO

Staff Writer

In an effort to pave the way as a leading "green" city, San Francisco became the first major city in the United States to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public properties. SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu stated, “If we can do this on public property and folks understand that this is absolutely doable, then we can look at next steps.” According to Chiu, the city wide ban presented a great deal of issues for local events in San Francisco, that even the American Beverage Association opposed the idea. Sabatini asserts, “The proposal was supported by the Think Outside The Bottle campaign, a nationwide effort that encourages restrictions of the 'eco-unfriendly product'”, stating that the production of water bottles is bad for the environment; thus, the ban of water bottles that are sold on private properties. According to Chiu, “In San Francisco, Recology collects 10 million to 15 million

single-use plastic water bottles a year.” Faced with such pressure, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve the legislation, thus giving a glimpse of hope and opportunity for other big or even small cities to make a change by removing the litter and environmental problems presented by something as small as a disposable plastic bottle. If big cities like San Francisco can do it, why not Visalia? According to the the City of Visalia, “The City of Visalia salvages approximately 1,150 ton of recyclables and 2,500 tons of green waste per month in our residential and commercial operations.” Visalia earns the dubious distinction of having some of the worst air in the United States - but perhaps we could do our part by putting a dent in that figure, removing the need to recycle the bottles at all - by removing the bottles themselves. There are not many people in Visalia compared to a major city like San Francisco - Visalia's population doesn't even reach 125,000. A committed group of individuals can start a chain reaction that can spread na-

tionwide awareness, a change that can affect the way everyone drinks water here in the City of Visalia, but more importantly all over the United States. Hearts.com states, “We’re not great plastic water bottle recyclers: Of the 45 million bottles we consume daily, 88% are not recycled which means 1.14 billion plasic water bottles enter our ladfills monthly.” An alternative that can help the planet, but also save the customers a pretty penny, is stylish reusable water bottles. These water bottles can be reused continuously and are very portable, which will limit the use of plastic water bottles. On May 16, 2012, Hannah Ellsbury wrote an article on banthebottle.net giving some good reasons to why people should own a reusable water bottle. “Durable, stylish, and can help you decrease your carbon footprint.” said Ellsbury. Not everything can be accomplished overnight, but small changes in the way people drink water can alter the way the entire county uses water bottles. Be the change people want to see in the world. Not only will it benefit the community but also the future generations to come.






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and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Human Sexuality Education. Straight from the city of Brotherly Love, (Philadelphia,) she came across the country to host an awareness for sexual education in honor of Women's National History Month. She enlightened the room by explaining that all women, and men alike should embrace their sex drive. The crowd couldn't resist the temptation of laughing at Shuey’s honest, no-holds barred approach. She presented with stuffed penises and Photo courtesy Justine Shuey finger puppet-clitorises as a way of describ- Dr. Justine Shuey spoke at the college on March 12, 2014. ing the internal organs more clearly. Shuey is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Board She displayed early 20th century vibra- Certified Sexologist. tors and compared them to the ones marThe most effective statements were said towards keted and sold today. She mentioned her favorite the end, when she touched on why the American sex toys and advised which ones to try and which culture focuses more on the promiscuity of women ones to toss. vs. men. Shuey explored sexual pleasure and advocated She said that female sexuality has always been an on having more of it all the time, anytime desired. after thought, because men still come first, sexually. From the looks of it, the focus of her lecture was It is clear that Shuey is a modern-day advocate not to bore the audience with facts and figures, but for feminism and her work is proof of that. more to paint an overall portrait of the history and Shuey’s views are understated, but convey a future of sex. Women have lots of problems with their powerful message. However, her lec“Women have sexuality, but we’re not doing anything about ture emphasized the lots of problems empowerment of it. with their sexuality, femininitiy. DR. JUSTINE SHUEY, BOARD CERTIFIED SEXOLOGIST but we’re not doing "The thing about anything about it,” female sexuality is Shuey said. that there are a ton of double standards, and it “We’ve come a long way, but still have so far to drives me nuts!" Shuey said. go.”


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physically informative - it's also educational. “The program is very helpful,” Camerena said. “It’s a good start for me on my journey to fitness.” The competition started on March 3 and will end on May 15. Those who began at the initial date have a greater chance of losing weight by the end of the competition; however, participants are welcome at any time. In order to sign up, students must receive an ini-

tial assessment with the Nurse of the Heath Center. Participants in Hanford and Tulare will also need to complete an assessment with the Nurse when she is on their campus. She will be on the Tulare campus Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on the Hanford Campus Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “Together we want to help you graduate and become healthy, active adults, who are successful in their careers.” For more information call the Health Center at 730-3880.

The Excellence of Edwin Drood MARIN HILGER

Managing Editor

With a little help from the audience, College of the Sequoias' theatre arts department solved "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" for the first time on Friday, March 14. The play begins in the Music Hall Royale with lively music and dancing that entraps the viewer right off the bat. The show's Chairman, Mr. William Cartwright, is played by Chris Mangels. He introduces the story and at first a play within a play seems daunting and confusing — but with your very own Master of Ceremonies there to explain things as they happen, the story quickly unfolds and is easy to follow. The Chairman introduces each character as they enter the story and ad-libs with the audience throughout the show making the viewer feel as though he is talking directly to them. Mangels' performance was dramatic and mischievous as he told the audience intimate details about other characters personal lives which provided comic relief from the surrounding melodrama. The show's costume director, James McDonnell, did an amazing job providing authentic looking period costumes that drew the viewer into the story even more. All of the characters were dressed appropriately for their wealth and status during Victorian England. Miss Rosa Bud wears a bright blue dress that indicates her high class and excellently compliments her character. In addition, the choir girls of the Music Hall Royale wear fabulous big dresses that sway back and forth with their can-can kicks — though in one scene they sport modern feather boas that distract slightly from the authenticity of their costumes. The set was visually interesting and lavish in alignmzent with Victorian England. The backdrops were appropriate and on the wings of the stage a multi-level set was built that allowed for characters to pop in and out of the window, keeping the audience on their toes. Movement of the set during blackouts in-between scenes was quite smooth and unnoticeable, except for a single instance when the backdrop was still being put down while the lights came up. This was barely noticeable, but a slight distraction to those with

discerning eyes. The acting and signing in the musical was above par. All characters were chosen appropriately for their singing ranges; however, there were a few characters that stood out among the rest. Firstly, Munai Faust as Rosa Bud was an amazing soprano. Her voice was beautiful and her emotion was convincing. Secondly, Sharon Burley as The Princess Puffer, in my opinion, was the best actress in the show. Her singing was excellent as well as her very convincing cockney accent. She was the most interesting character by far — and Burley was great for the part. The biggest problem with the show is stage movement and dancing. The choreography was decent, but when the entire cast was on stage it seemed crowded and almost as though characters were unsure on where exactly to go. Their movement could have been more precise and together which made large group dances a little hard to watch. The idea of a play within a play where the audience decides the ending is exciting — and, for the most part, it delivered the excitement you'd expect. However, when the story reaches the point where the audience gets to decide things get a little hairy. The viewer has to make two choices. The first is decided by applause for each character that is being considered. The second is made by a show of hands when members of the cast take the audience by sections and tally votes. It was tedious as an audience member to figure out what section you're in and who to give your vote to so hopefully they will figure out a better system to deal with that as the show goes on. The choice of the play was great. It was funny and upbeat yet melodramatic and drew the audience into the story. The music was enjoyable and the story was fun, however the ending seemed thrown together at the last minute. The show spends almost all of it's time setting up the mystery then the viewer feels cheated when the conclusion is played out only in the last ten minutes. Overall, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" was an excellent performance by the COS Theatre Department. I'd recommend that everyone see it more than once because there could be a different ending!

Sexual assault discussed in lecture

to demonstrate the acceptance of rape in society. Women were considered obAntiquity proves that rape has jects in ancient times, and in some not always been a crime. aspects are still viewed the same In ancient times, a man could rape his future wife and then wed today, she said. In the modern era, women are her afterwards to “make it right.” still seen as “asking for it,” when Jennifer Boteilho explored anraped or assaulted because our cient themes such as this one, in order to illustrate an image of the culture portrays violence and sex as “cool” and “hip” as well as placmodern-day definition of rape. Around 100 students and fac- ing critiques upon the way women ulty attended her conference on dress or act. Many victims are haunted with Wednesday, March 19 to learn the the memory of a rape for decades history and relativity of sexual asbefore ever coming forward to tell sault. anyone, let alone Boteilho has been seeking help. the program manag“That’s one of the er at Family Services things we know, that Family Services Tulare of Tulare County rape is a very underCounty has crisis hotlines and head of the reported crime,” available for those needing Rape Crisis Center confidential assistance or Boteilho said. for more than a deinformation about sexual In most cases, cade. assault or Boteilho explained, Family Services domestic violence. many victims simply began as a Women’s Domestic violence hotline: want counseling. Shelter in 1982. The (559) 732-5941 Boteilho’s prefollowing year the Rape crisis hotline: sentation was clear government funded (559) 732-7273 in showing that sothem with an annual ciety has historically budget of $700. accepted rape, but Today, the annual budget is now $3,531,010. Boteilho is known for that we don’t have to. With knowledge and awarebeing an active voice in educating ness, anything can happen. Tulare County youth on the pre“We believe that rape can be vention and termination of sexual prevented and young men and abuse. women, with guidance and supDuring the presentation, port, can play an active role in the Boteilho compared past advertisments to current magazine spreads movement to end sexual violence,” Boteilho said. MARLEE SAETEURN

Staff Writer

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The college has built a small house for the cats, seen here behind Giant Forest.


or more cats that would’ve been born.” Once females are spayed, wandering males cats have no interest, said Surowiec. Continued from p.1 The cats also become a boon for the college, softball diamond. serving as a form of free rodent control and help“I saw a problem and decided to see if I could do ing keep new cat colonies from growing. something about it,” said Surowiec. Colonies will stabilize with a certain number of He began feeding the cats and contacted the cats and tend to guard their turf, keeping out cats ASPCA. They suggested using TNR as a method that are not spayed or neutered, he said. to reduce the population. Surowiec and other volunteers also pay to feed “My goal, with the colony that I was working the cats after they are rewith, was to trap all of them… In the sense of trapping and leased. get them all spayed and neu“That’s one area where removing, it really doesn't solve tered. That’s what I’ve basiI’m hoping in the long the problem. That's what the cally done.” run…we might be able to ASPCA's experience has been The colony Surowiec is contact clubs or other organationwide, and that's one working with has dropped by nizations on campus who one cat and consists of about reason why they promote it as a might be interested in pick7 or 8 cats. solution. It's more effective. ing up that end of it. Maybe Faculty began to notice anSTEVE SUROWIEC, even sharing that responsiother colony on the south side ADJUNCT ESL PROFESSOR, ON TNR bility of making sure that of campus and reached out to those cats have clean food the ASPCA. The ASPCA referred them to Surand clean water,” said Surowiec. owiec. Some have expressed their concerns to Surow“At the time, [the other colony] was unknown iec and others involved, that once word is out that to me. I wasn’t really attempting something comthe cats are being taken care of, more people will prehensive,” said Surowiec. begin to dump their cats on campus. Surowiec said After Surowiec showed college officials data he doesn’t see that happening. from the colony he’d been working with, they de“If you look at it in the bigger picture, it’s a micided TNR would be a good approach to use camnor risk in comparison to simply not doing anypus wide. thing. In the sense of just trapping and removing, Surowiec, other volunteers and the Visalia Feit really doesn’t solve the problem. That’s what the ral Cats Coalition have trapped about 15 cats total. ASPCA’s experience has been nationwide and Seven of these cats were females. that’s one reason why they promote [TNR] as a “[Females] basically have an average of about solution. It’s more effective.” five kittens. Think of seven times five…[that’s] 35







Men's diving sets sights for conference, state MATTHEW BEAVERS

Sports Editor


iving into this season is the men's diving team, led by the team's coach Diedra Alves. Alves has three divers this season: Duston Gragg, Trevor Dutch, and Michael Benedetta, though Gragg will not be swimming for the remainder of the season due to an injury that occurred in the beginning of the season. With the season in full swing, Dutch and Benedetta are excited for every meet — and Coach Alves has big goals this season. “[We want to] be the top two in conference and qualify to state,” Alves said. The focus on trying to make it to state looms over the team, which only has three divers — and only two able to swim. Dutch is a returning sophomore who redshirted — participated and practiced with the team, but did not compete in any meets — last year to gain more practice and experience. Benedetta, on the other hand, is a freshman with big hopes and high expectations. Trevor is strong on the three meter and Michael is stronger on the one meter, but their athletic abilities are closely matched, Alves said. By his own account, Benedetta has had a great season thus far, having learned valuable experience while being able to see talented divers from across the state. “Michael [Benedetta] has improved immensely, and for that I am very proud of him,” Alves said. His and Alves' hopes are aligned, Benedetta said. Winning in conference, and then state, are his two main goals this season. Learning new dives is a slightly frightening process, he said, but he loves to put in the work and perfect new dives. His favorites, he said, are the inward two on the one meter diving board, because not too many people do them. "In diving, you can't learn a dive without doing the dive," he said. "You can learn just as much from watching other dive because

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Michael Benedetta dives during a practice. you can see something you like in their form and then mimic it." He also learns from his coaching duties at Redwood High School. "Coaching things that you may not have done in a while helps even the basics of diving. I'm constantly being reminded of the basics of diving, which make things much easier in my own performance," Michael

said. Michael has applied all the things he has learned from diving into everyday applications. its the lessons you learn as a diver or in any sport that is his favorite part. “The main thing you learn that can be applied elsewhere is patience. You learn that things take time and you aren’t always going to get it done right the first time,”

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Angela Rozum swims during a team practice.

Michael said. Diving has various similarities to other sports which land their way into the pool, Alves said. “A lot of gymnastics and dancing helps with diving, but I was never a great dancer.” Swimming and Diving's next — and only — home meet is on Friday, March 21.

ollege of the Sequoias' swim team has hit the pool in full force this year, having competed in a few invitational meets with a home meet coming up this Friday, March 21, at the college. Aside from the few invitationals, the team hasn't had too many challenges yet this year; it's mostly in training mode. While the team is in strong shape, they're still trying to prepare for the challenges to come. Tracy Myers, the team's head coach, works the players for an average of three hours per day — in addition, the team has two divers, who are training as well. Practices consist of "a half hour of dry land [exercises]. Dry land consists of running, lunges, squats, a lot of leg work, [and] abdominal work. We do push ups. We do a whole variety of dry land, and of course in-water workouts." Looking at the team from outside the pool, it's clear the men and women have been working hard for the challenges facing them ahead. All of them are obedient and trained to perform. It is early in the season still, but it's already looking to be a good one. "Merced will be one of the toughest teams we play," Myers stated. But the Giants' swim team is confident they can beat them "The [recent] Cuesta Invitational was a fun meet, but also had a good amount of competition," Jarrett Jones, a swimming team member, said. Jones primarily swims the 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard butterfly. "Tracy [Myers] is a great coach and really knows what will make us faster and win," Jones said.

UPCOMING SWIM & DIVE MEETS Friday, March 21, 2:00 PM Friday, March 28, 2:00 PM Friday, April 4, 1:00 PM Saturday, April 5, 8:00 AM Saturday, April 12, 8:00 AM Thursday, April 17, 8:00 AM Friday, April 18, 8:00 AM Saturday, April 19, 8:00 AM Thursday, May 1, 8:00 AM Friday, May 2, 8:00 AM Saturday, May 3, 8:00AM

Dual Meet w/Cuesta at COS Last Chance Swim/Dive at Merced Dual Meet w/Modesto at Modesto Chabot Invitational at Chabot NorCal Diving Champs at Diablo Valley Conference Championship at Solano Conference Championship at Solano Conference Championship at Solano State Championship at East LA College State Championship at East LA College State Championship at East LA College

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