Boys’ swimming stays positive despite key losses


Rebecca Smith

Senior Cordell Glass practices his dives for the upcoming meet.

Caleb Kinnaird, Writer

Columbus East boys’ swimming is looking to bounce back from the loss of six seniors at the end of last year’s season. The transition from having six seniors to just one returning senior is tough, but the team is staying positive.

Junior Derek Alexander said, “It is going to be tough to bounce back from last season because our performance wasn’t great and we lost six seniors, so it will be hard, but we are hopeful.”

The team isn’t looking to only win, but also do the best they can individually and improve on a personal standpoint.

“Our goal this year is improving individual performance, and making sure each swimmer is doing their best for themselves,” coach Dave Fribley said.

The swimming team is introducing a lot of newcomers this year. They are trying their hardest to prove what they can do. The returning swimmers are looking forward to swimming this season and helping the new ones out.

Junior Austin Guse said, “I worked on my backstroke a lot over the summer, so hopefully I can swim some events in that this year. Also, we have a lot of new swimmers so it will be interesting to see how they contribute to the team.”

After last year’s seven wins and four losses, this year’s young team will have to try their hardest to live up to past year’s successes. They have accepted the challenge and are ready to face the season head on.

The swimming team’s next meet, the girls’ team included, is on Tuesday at home against Columbus North starting at 5:30 p.m.