The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
College of San Mateo swimming coach Randy Wright sees big things for his Bulldogs this season. Sophomore sprinter Kawei Tan is a major inspiration for Wright’s optimism.
With CSM competing at the Los Positas Hawk Invite last Friday and Saturday, Tan made a splash with three first-place finishes. CSM earned four firsts overall with Tan topping the 18-team field in the men’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.59 seconds, the 50 free with a 21.45 and in the 200 medley relay — along with Javier Rosas, Josh Yeager and Jake Folan — with a 1:38.14.
Tan’s time in the backstroke fell short of his state championship time of 49.86 as a freshman, when he became the first CSM swimming since 1966 to capture a state title. With his sophomore season just underway though, he has until May to surpass the historic mark.
Rosas had CSM’s other top finish with a 1:44.22 in the 200 free. Rosas also took second in the 50 free with a 21.47, just missing the top spot in a photo finish with Tan. Morgan Smith also had a second-place finish with a 28.07 in the women’s 50 fly. The CSM men’s relay team also took second place in the 400 free relay with a 3:16.46.