Bring it on Home, Gunner

By Larena Tannert

Racing across the pool, the undefeated Junior Gunner Hopkins flies by his competitors, blowing them out of the water. Varsity boys team captain for two years and the 100 breaststroke record holder for Westmont (a whopping 59.80 seconds), Gunner can do it all. Charged with  team spirit at every meet, he  serves as a friendly face for all of the new swimmers. Everyone on the  Westmont swim team looks up to Gunner as an inspiration and a role model. His hard work and dedication show when he attends every practice and meet, and coordinates countless team bonding and senior night events. As his teammate Tammy Tran says, “Gunner is a very good captain, he really is passionate about the team.” To learn more about the amazing Gunner Hopkins, read more:

What has been your favorite memory from swimming at Westmont?

Watching the varsity girls qualify for CCS in the 4×100 freestyle relay last year at leagues. They had all been working so hard during the season to qualify and it was great to see them finally get the time!

When did you first start swimming?

When I was five years old I started swimming at DACA.

What do you enjoy most about swim meets?

Hanging out with the team. And Larena Tannert specifically.

How many races did you get CCS in last year?

Freshman year I qualified for the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Sophomore year I qualified for the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM and the 500 freestyle, and I swam the 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle at CCS. So far this year I have qualified for the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, and plan to swim both of those at CCS. 

How would you describe the Westmont swim team?

The Westmont swim team is a tight knit family. We are always there for each other throughout the hard practices and the swim meets; we will always be supporting one another. 

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced during your swimming career?

I had mono and didn’t even realize. I assumed that I was just tired from practicing 9-10 times a week. It was really frustrating for me to compete at a high level and not have my body cooperate. The height of this challenge was at CCS, when I was unbelievably tired with no idea why. No amount of rest would help my body, so for months I was faced with this monumental challenge. 

Gunner is truly an integral part of the Westmont swim team, as he continues to bring the team many points, and inspire other swimmers with his commitment and speed. Wesmont is so lucky to have such an amazing captain and spirited role model on the swim team.