High school swimming season previews | ParkRecord.com

High school swimming season previews

The North Summit and South Summit High School swim teams began practicing for the season in October.

The South Summit Diving team competed Oct. 21, in Park City. In the Boys’ 11-Dive, Randon Singer placed 8th, Thomas Christensen placed 7th and Corey Moore placed 6th. In the Boys’ 6-dive, Joshua Maw came in 1st place. In the Girls’ 6-dive, Rebekah Gerlach placed 4th and Liesel Pearce placed 3rd. The diving team had a meet on Nov. 5. Results were not available at press time.

NORTH SUMMIT BRAVES

Head coach: Yance Fawcett Assistant coach: Adam Horie 2008-2009 playoff finish: Girls 19th; boys 15th Key returning swimmers: Girls Amelia Fitch, Ali Birk, Erica Birk and Brooke McCurdy. Boys David Horie (placed in fifth in 50- Freestyle last year) and Donovan Robertson. Key to success this season: "We have a young team that follows the leadership of our seniors," Fawcett said. "If they set the tone for hard work and positive attitude, we will continue to build the swim program here at North Summit." Biggest challenge this year: "Our biggest challenge is experience," Fawcett said. "We lack the experience as we are a very young team. However, with David making state and our girls’ 200-freestyle relay, gives the kids confidence that they can compete." The team to beat: Girls Judge; boys Wasatch.

SOUTH SUMMIT WILDCATS

Head coach: Justin Spitzer. This year, Spitzer is coaching both the Wildcats and Oakley. The teams will practice together but compete separately. "This is an exciting arrangement for both schools because the extra competition in practice will push everyone to improve," Spitzer said.

Assistant coach: Richard Noel

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Key returning swimmers: Girls Hillary Hermansen, Bryanne Hancock, Bailee Sizemore and Alex Christensen. Boys "We also have two young newcomers, ninth-grade boys, James Thompson and Ryan Alving," Spitzer said.

Biggest challenge this year: "Having to compete against much larger (3A) schools," Spitzer said. "But our focus is on individual improvement – as long as swimmers are improving their times, our teams are successful. So the keys to the season are to work together, work hard, and improve every meet. Thus as coaches, our goals are for every swimmer to push themselves, improve, and have fun in the process."

The team to beat: North Summit. "Since we are small schools, we don’t really have any big rivals," Spitzer said. "But I suppose that if there has to be a team to beat, it would be North Summit due to proximity and the fact that they are relatively small too. But it is a friendly rivalry."

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