May 8, 2009

Carreon Hilltop’s “Go-To” Guy

By John Philip Wyllie

Hilltop High School’s Boys Swim Team received a major boost this season with the addition of senior transfer Sergio Carreon. A product of a Mexican father and an American mother, Carreon grew up speaking two languages. He enjoys returning to Mexico where he has many relatives and where he spent most of the first five years of his life.

Carreon had a lot to do with the Lancers impressive start in which they reeled off eight consecutive victories. While they ultimately lost out on a banner to a deep and talented Eastlake squad, 2009 was without a doubt, a memorable year for Hilltop Swimming and Carreon in particular.

“Sergio is an incredible athlete,” according to Lancer coach, John Salts. “He has brought another dimension to our team. He can swim every stroke, but he is our dominant swimmer for our 200 meter individual medley and our 100 backstroke. We have had some solid swimmers, but we have not had that “go-to” swimmer until now. That is what Sergio does for us.”

With the regular season now at an end, Carreon will try to build upon his accomplishments in the postseason Metro Conference and CIF tournaments. Despite the fact that he did not participate in high school swimming until this season, he is ranked among the top swimmers in the county in the backstroke.

“I swam club in my freshman year, but then I stopped. I wish now that I started swimming in high school in my freshman year because my times would be faster and I would have more stamina. My time of 2:23 in the individual medley is about 10 seconds away from the CIF leaders. My 1:04 in the 100 backstroke gives me CIF consideration. (To win it) I need to take off about five seconds,” Carreon said.

Records and medals aside, Carreon benefits in a big way from his time in the pool.

“I don’t think there is any other sport that gives you as good of a workout. It makes me feel good. I have played six years of baseball and a year of football and basketball, but I really love to swim.”

After transferring in, Carreon began his Hilltop career in the pool, but in a different sport. He swam on the school’s water polo team and contributed to their league championship winning team. He hopes to continue playing water polo in college, possibly at UCSD.

Carreon was a good student in high school, but not as good as he feels he could have been. Strong in the areas of math and science, he hopes to one day become a surgeon.

Salts will be pulling for him.

“Sergio is just a great all around kid. He is good in school, has a great personality, he is humble well-mannered, very polite and focused.”

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