The boys swim team hopes to carry their dominance from the first half of the season into the remaining meets leading up to postseason.
The team lost two state divers this year, Trevor Nelson and Henry Goodman, making success seem unlikely. However, the Kits have performed exceptionally well in competitions this season. The mentality going into the new year is to put the team first and focus on individual heats as they approach. Additionally, senior swimmers have started preparing underclassmen for next year’s team.
“I’m going to be done swimming in three months, so I’m honestly less focused on my own swimming and more focused on getting the rest of the guys on the team ready to perform,” senior captain Kyle Rubovits said.
Younger swimmers feel the senior leadership in and out of the water.
“[The seniors] led me through these past few years and have helped me become a better person and swimmer,” junior Patrick Hughes said.
The team mentality is paying off in competition; the Kits have a 3-1 record in dual meets paired with multiple wins and top three finishes in group meets. This impressive record was created not only by skill, but also by a winning strategy.
“We’ve done really well in meets by putting different people in different events. We’ve spaced it out so that people can swim hard and do better in their events. If we condense, it can be very tiring,” Rubovits said.
By using this strategy, they have been able to conserve energy so that the swimmers aren’t too tired when they get to their third or fourth race. The Kits hope these tactics will continue to pay off in upcoming meets in order to get back down to the state competition.
Catch the Kits at their next crossover meet on Feb. 7 at home at 5 p.m.