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OP Swim Team Preview

Kyle Roethlin, Staff Writer

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Another winter is upon us, and that means it is time for another OP Swim Team season. With new coaches and new swimmers, this season has the ability to bring the team to new heights. After a successful season last year, the team looks to top previous accomplishments. Will falling short of winning the State Championship last year, the team is set on working hard towards victory in 2018.

Two new coaches are leading the team this year. Coach DeSantis is the new head coach for the team and provides new and interesting tactics to the training. He has coached a variety of teams in the past, from the collegiate level to Denmark’s Junior National Team. If you’d like to read more about Coach DeSantis and all of the new insight he provides, click here. The second new coach is Coach Manna. He has coached the OP swim team before and is currently OP’s varsity tennis head coach. These two coaches both hope to propel the team to success this year.

I recently had the chance to ask this year’s captains, Ian Ellmer, Patrick Heffernan, and Aidan Herrighty, some questions regarding their hopes and goals for the season. They agree that one major goal this season is to stay above 500 with victories against New Providence and Governor Livingston. A few things that the captains would like to see improvement over the course of this year is practice attendance and technique. Both of these two improvements will come under the leadership of Coach DeSantis, who is serious about both these two essential elements. Lastly, the captains believe that if everyone works their hardest, great things will come.

In all, I believe it will be a very exciting year for the team. New coaches and swimmers will not only provide the team with a boost but will help the team to stay dominant in the years to come. The new freshman give the team hope of a bright future, and I don’t doubt that this team will eventually win Non-Public B. This may seem like an audacious claim, but after being on this team for a year, anyone can see the potential. All that is needed is hard work and dedication. Stay tuned and watch for great things from this year’s OP Swim Team.

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