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Interview with OP Swim Captain Ian Ellmer

Lucas Toglia, Staff Writer

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The OP Swim team has high expectations for the upcoming season after getting second in the state last year in Non-Public B. Superstar swimmer and 2017-2018 captain Ian Ellmer took the time out of his precious schedule to sit down and chat with me about the upcoming swim season. Ian swims the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay, and 400 relay. His personal record is 50.2 in the 100 freestyle.

 

“How are you doing”

“Well, I got a little cold, but, you know, I am happy. I am honored to have such a prominent figure in pop culture interviewing me. I feel like I should be interviewing him.”

 

“Yeah, we should do that. What are your thoughts going into your last swim season?”

“It has been a great run. I had a lot of great successes and struggles. I’m excited about the new freshman and the future of the team. I believe the coach is a great guy and has had a positive impact on the team. Go Rams!”

 

“With a strong second place finish last year against Pingry, what are your expectations for this year?”

“I expect us to do the same again. Pingry is a talented team with Non-Public A potential so getting second again would be an honor I hope and believe we can achieve”

 

“Besides yourself, obviously, who should we look out for as potential breakout stars this year from the team?”

“Seniors Aidan Herrighty and Pat Heffernan will definitely have great years. I am looking forward to seeing some of the freshmen including Aidan’s brother Patrick and Chase Polito. Luke Bernstein and Kyle Roethlein will have another great season. Also, Addison Drone is also on the rise.”

 

“Do you have any personal goals for this season?”

“I want to make meet of champions in the 200 medley relay.”

 

“Do you have any message for anyone who is considering but may be apprehensive about joining the team. And no I am not referring to myself. I am not interested in swimming. Sorry.”

“We are the only people who make waking up in the morning even remotely fun. Also, it is a great place to meet new people and we are growing every year. So come join the herd.”

 

Also, Mike Cantaluppi wants to say “we are going to states and all hail the river otter!”

 

I wish the best of luck to Ian and the entire swim team. They have set the bar high for another great season with many team and individual athlete goals. The team faces Westfield in their first meet Tuesday.

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