After spending close to 12 hours in the pool per week, the boys’ swim team is very to get a good start to the 2016 season. Seniors Michael Hinton and Patrick Kelley express their expectations of the team.
“I think it would be really cool to finish top 10 at the state championships. We have a really talented group this year and finished just outside of the goal last year,” says Hinton.
Expectations don’t only extend to the post-season, others have high expectations of the way the team will show in the regular season as well.
“It would be huge for us to defeat Regis in a dual meet this year. They constantly have some of the most talented kids in the state and that would allow us to take the league title, something we haven’t done in a long time,” says Kelley.
Hinton additionally described the team as very close-knit, something that head coach Tom Byorick has installed.
“Ultimately, swimming is an individual sport, but our coach really works with us on our team culture. Pushing each other in practice and being supportive at meets can go a long way and produces results fast,” says Hinton.
The team has talent spread over all events, including Gary Luoa ’18 in the backstroke and Connor Sheifer ’17 in the sprint freestyle. Kelley’s expertise is in the individual medley and Hinton in the freestyle, both in medium and long distance. These four swimmers look to be large contributing factors to the team’s success, alongside their teammates who are eager to build on their successes of the past.
With the team showing experience and promise, expect for them to turn heads in the pool once again.