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Boys’ swim improves after large growth

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Boys' swim team at the WYCO invite meet.

Boys' swim team at the WYCO invite meet.

Savannah Stimac

Savannah Stimac

Boys' swim team at the WYCO invite meet.

Isley Ford, Staff Writer

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The boys’ swim team has had a more successful year than past seasons and has also grown in size.  Last year the team only had eight swimmers.

“We’ve definitely grown in size,” junior Jonny Moon said. “I think we’ve added like 10 new people.”

The team this year also has two swimmers from Tonganoxie High School. Their school doesn’t have a big enough swim team, so they compete with the Piper swimmers.

Moon believes the growth of the team has had a lot to do with athletes from other sports joining to keep their bodies in shape.

“I do swim mainly to stay in shape for track, because track is like my main sport,” Moon said.  One of the team’s managers, senior Savannah Stimac, said that more athletes have joined from football and soccer to stay in shape, but they also bring their friends along with them.

Junior Ben Rehm says he joined swim just to try it and see if he liked it. This year was Rehm’s first year swimming. He said that the coaches have helped him a lot.

“They’ve taught me how to swim with certain strokes, and they taught me really the basics of everything and kinda got me the feel on how it works,” Rehm said.

In past years the team didn’t have the best seasons, but this year Stimac said they have done well so far.  

“I think we’ve won two meets this year, which is really good because we haven’t won,” Moon said. “Usually we’ve got last place in the past two seasons.”

Moon and Rehm have both personally had a good season as well.

“I’ve done pretty good. I broke the 100 record and we’ve also broke a couple relay records,” said Moon.

Rehm believes he’s done well for his first year swimming.

“I’ve been in some of the top heats and I have some really good times.”

The future for the team is looking great. Moon and Rehm both plan on doing swim next year.

Stimac said the team is should do much better next year because they are changing to a smaller league. They will be competing against smaller schools, and will have a better chance at winning more meets.

Moon hopes the team continues to improve next year.

“We have like a lot of seniors next year so we’ll have a lot of leadership which should be good.”

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