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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Zach Van Zwaluwenburg, Sierra swim/tennis
Bulletin sports 2020-21

Van Zwaluwenburg is getting the most out of his senior year at Sierra, packing four seasons worth of sports inside of four months.

For Season 1 of the Valley Oak League calendar, he has returned for his fourth year with the swim team while giving tennis a shot for the first time. In Season 2, he'll play both water polo and golf.

“It's a lot of fun,” he said. “I have swim practice every morning and then tennis practice after school. It gets pretty busy, but it's not too much — I like being busy.”

Van Zwaluwenburg was busy doing a whole lot of winning last week for both the tennis and swim teams. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, he cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win in the No. 5 singles match as Sierra rolled past East Union, 8-0. Two days later against rival Manteca, he came up with a key victory by warding off Emiliano Hurtado 7-6, 7-5. The Timberwolves prevailed, 5-4. 

Then on Friday, Feb. 26, Van Zwaluwenburg joined the swim team for an away meet at Kimball. Sierra squeaked out a 71-67 triumph and played a big part in it. Van Zwaluwenburg won the 100-yard freestyle in 58.13 seconds, 200 free in 1 minute, 56.87 seconds and was on the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays.