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High School Boys Swimming Preview

It’s time to dive into the 2014 high school boys swimming season.
Parkway Central finished fourth last fall in the state meet and coach Jeff Spector has three qualifiers back from the team.
Spector, who is in his third year on his second stint with the Colts, has a young team but he is confident the boys will improve as the season progresses and make a splash again at state.
Marquette and Parkway West are both coming off conference championships. Marquette has two state qualifiers back from last season. Parkway West has five athletes back who went to state.
Parkway South finsihed 13th at state and coach Jeremy Nichols has four qualifiers back.
Kevin Brennan is entering his 38th season as the head coach at Chaminade. His squad is practicing outdoors at Forest Hills Country Club. The pool at Chaminade is being repaired.
“I hope we get our pool back before it gets too cold out,” Brennan said. “Chaminade’s pool is being repaired at this time. The reopening is up in the air. It could be awhile.”
MICDS has a new coach in Chris McCrary.
Here is a look at the teams in alphabetical order:

CBC Cadets
2013 record: 10-3. Sent 10 boys go to state in relay’s and individual events.
Coach: Sean Dooley. Entering sixth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Tony Ciaraino.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 1.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Junior Cole Robinson in 200 IM and 100 back.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Our newcomers are all young.
Captains: Cole Robinson and Steven Aydt
Swimmers who have committed to college:
Team strengths: We have a large number of swimmers.
Goals: Goals are to get our swimmers to a competitive level to be able to compete within at a high level within our conference.  As of now we have one known State swimmer and hope to be able to add a few more as the season goes along.
Metro Conference teams: CBC, Chaminade, De Smet, St. Louis University High, Vianney.
Quote: “We’ve always been able to build off our numbers and have many swimmers lift their levels of competitiveness to compete at the state level,” Dooley said. “We will focus this season on building our swimmers into a unit as a team and not just a few individuals.”

Chaminade Red Devils
Record 11-5. Team reached state and place 19th.
Coach Kevin Brennan. Entering 38th year as coach.
Assistant Coach: Keith Mug.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 1.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Returning sophomore state qualifier TJ Halliburton in the 100 back.  He finished seventh in back as a freshman.
Newcomers expected to contribute: I have not seen much from the newcomers to the team.  Time will tell what they can do.
Captains: Not elected yet.
Swimmers who have committed to college: None.
Goals: We will be a very, very young and inexperienced team. We will strive to win as many duals as we can; and to do as well as we can in conference.
Metro Conference teams: CBC, Chaminade, De Smet, St. Louis University High, Vianney.
Favorites to win conference: SLUH.
Quote: “We expect big things from TJ this year,” Brennan said. “He has the ability to qualify in all events except for 100 breast.  He would be one of the favorites to win the 100 back at state.”

Kennedy Celts
Coach: Ann Hawkey. Entering eighth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: None.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 0.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Alex Molner.
Captains: Not yet available.
Swimmers who have committed to college: None.
Team strengths: Experience.
Goals: Achieve a better record than last season.
Teams in AAA: Kennedy, Lutheran St. Charles, Trinity.
Quote: “I look forward to working with an experienced team this year,” Hawkey said.

Lafayette Lancers
2013 record: 5-5. Second in conference. Finished 25th at state meet.
Coach: Todd Gabel. Entering 11th year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Hilirie Wilson is diving coach this year.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 3.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Senior Michael Murphy in 200 and 500 free, junior John Wilmsen in 100 back and 100 free, junior Matt McCool in diving, sophmore Nick Drake in 50 and 100 free, senior  Mitchell Wells in 50 free and 100 breast.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman Alex Wilmsen in 100 breast and 200 IM.
Captains: Not named yet.
Swimmers who have committed to college: None.
Suburban West Conference American Division: Eureka, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Parkway South. National Division: Fox, Mehlville and Northwest, Oakville, Seckman.
Favorites to win conference: Marquette, Eureka, Parkway South.

Marquette Mustangs
2013 record: 8-3. Won conference.
Coach: Joe Schoedel. Entering fourth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Lisa Roth.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 2.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Sam Marlow and Colin McHugh who are our returning state swimmers.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Joe Lemon in breaststroke, Jake Venegoni and Cole Gross both in diving.
Captains: Not named yet.
Swimmers who have committed to college: Sam Marlow.
Team strengths: Our strength is our depth. Though we are only returning two boys with state cuts from last season, we have a number of boys who were close and will be looking to get those cuts this season. The competition within our team for relay spots will be extremely competitive.
Goals: Go undefeated in dual meets, win conference.
Suburban West Conference American Division: Eureka, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Parkway South. National Division: Fox, Mehlville and Northwest, Oakville, Seckman.
Favorites to win conference: Hopefully we’ll be able to repeat from last season.
Quote: “We’re looking forward to what should be a fun and successful season,” Schoedel said. “After winning conference last year, we want to defend our title, and build on that success to improve our showing at state. We have one of the largest and deepest teams in Missouri, and we’ll be looking to show that this season.”

MICDS Rams
2013 record: 8-5-2. Finished 30th as team at state meet
Coach: Chris McCrary. Entering first year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Don Casey.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Seniors Max Bernstein and Joe Buelter, junior Benjamin Edwards, sophomores Max Goldenberg and Ryan Dreisewerd.
Captains: Max Bernstein and Ben Edwards.
Goals: In my first year as head coach my main goal is simply to help these swimmers build a solid foundation of racing skills.
Quote: “I am really happy with this group of MICDS athletes,” McCrary said. “We are a small team, but each and every day the boys show up committed to getting a little better. We’re constantly working on and improving our racing skills, and that’s going to translate into some good swims and some great races.”

Parkway Central Colts
2013 record: 9-1. Finished second in conference meet. Placed fourth in state meet.
Coach: Jeff Spector. Entering third year as head coach in second stint. Previously coached there 23 years.
Assistant coaches: Andrew Schonhoff, Natalie Bonarx, Michelle Belle.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 3.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Senior sprint freestyler Spencer Kraus, senior butterfly and freestyle Kirk Randolph, junior butterfly, backstroke, freestyler Connor Ripp.
Newcomers expected to contribute:  Freshman Graham Wells, backstroke, IM.
Captains: Spencer Kraus, Kirk Randolph, Clayton O’Hanlon.
Swimmers who have committed to college: None.
Team strengths: Will be a solid group. Young.
Goals: Improve their times. Take them from wherever they are and take them down th lien.
Suburban Central Conference National Division: Clayton, University City, Ladue, Parkway West and Parkway Central. American Division: McCluer South-Berkeley, Affton.
Favorites to win conference: Parkway West.
Quote: “It’s a good group,” Spector said. “It’s not where we’ve been the last couple of years, We’ll be competiitve. We are young. It will be a learning courve but we’ll be a solid team. It’s a good group of guys who are learning to work. Our captains set a good exmaple.”

Parkway North Vikings
2013 record: 6-5.
Coach: Bart Prosser. Entering 18th year as head coach.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 1.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall:  Jared Dachroeden is the only returning state qualifier. Seniors
Jared Dachroeden, who can swim just about anything; Andrew Aldred, in the 200, 500, and 100 back; Elijah Doering in the 100 back and relays; Royee Frumhoff, in the 100 fly and relays; Jeff Juang in the breast and free; Erik Muschinske, diving; Frank Nester in freestyle events; Hank Warren in the backstroke, relays, and freestyle; Austin Zimmerman in the fly, free and relays; juniors Josh Zimmerman, any event; sophomores
Ben Fite in the fly, free events and relays; Gabe Fels in the breaststroke, free events and relays.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Senior Caleb Rosen in freestyle events.
Captains: Not named.
Swimmers who have committed to college: None.
Team strengths: Our strength this year is our experience.  We have a large group of senior swimmers, who have been competing in high school.  Our dedication and our cohesiveness as a group is also a strength.
Goals: Our goal every year is to have a better than .500 record, finish strong in conference and make a strong showing at the state championships.
Suburban XII Conference North Division: Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, Hazelwood West, McCluer, McCluer North, Riverview Gardens. South Division: Kirkwood, Parkway North, Pattonville, Ritenour, Summit, Webster Groves.
Favorites to win conference: It is hard for me to pick who will win conference, I really think it is up for the team that is swimming the best at the end of the season.
Quote: “As always I am excited about the season,” Prosser said. “Each year the team steps up to many of the challenges that are presented to them. These kids always represent their parents, their school, their community with great pride. It should be another fun and exciting season.”

Parkway South Patriots
2013 record: 9-2 in dual meets. Finished 13th at state.
Coach: Jeremy Nichols. Entering his eighth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Sara Gerth (assistant coach) and Lynn McCain (dive coach)
Returning number of state qualifiers: 4.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Senior Blake Ritchie (distance free), senior Cooper Faddis (diving), Senior Adam Liu (sprint free and fly), junior Kurt Weatherford (free and breaststroke)
Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman Nick Noll, backstroke; freshman Juan Salinas, diving.
Captains: Blake Ritchie.
Swimmers who have committed to college: None
Team strengths: We’re a small team, but filled with hard workers who are dedicated to doing their best
Suburban West Conference American Division: Eureka, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Parkway South. National Division: Fox, Mehlville and Northwest, Oakville, Seckman.
Favorites to win conference: Lindbergh and Marquette.
Quote: “My assistant coaches and I are excited about having a young squad and we’re looking forward to watching them grow over the next few years,” Nichols said. “We’re anxious to get started and to see the leadership and guidance our veterans will provide, so that we can have another successful year at South.”

Parkway West Longhorns
2013 record: Won conference championship. Finished seventh at state meet.
Coach: Allison Zeller. Entering fifth year as head coach overall record 34-10-1.
Assistant coaches: Coleen Sumner.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 5.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Junior Drew Bonnett in the 500 free, junior Luke Christensen 100 back, senior Cheng Hau Kee 100 back, senior Philip LePoidevin 50 and 100 free, senior diver TJ Ruck, senior Romney Morgan 100 fly.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman Alec Zhou, senior Trent Ryterski.
Captains: None named yet.
Swimmers who have committed to college: none
Team strengths: Solid divers, great team chemistry and work ethic across the pool. Good leadership with our seniors. Hard workers who are determined to excell which will lead to success.
Goals: More individual state qualifiers. We had a lot who were very close last year and to qualify all of our relays. Defend our conference title
Suburban Central Conference National Division: Clayton, University City, Ladue, Parkway West and Parkway Central. American Division: McCluer South-Berkeley, Affton.
Quote: “I am really excited for this season,” Zeller said. “We are smaller in numbers than years past but the work ethic and desire to excell is a strong trait these boys possess. We have a great group of upper classman who will lead the underclassman to success.”

Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats
2013 record: 6-10.
Coach: Kent Kehr. Entering 27th year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Marjan Kempen.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 0.
Swimmers on team to watch for this fall: Senior twins Sam and Eli Parham in the sprint freestyle relays.   Sam Thomas in the 100 fly and Bo Thomas in the sprints and 100 breaststroke.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman Evan Parres a freshman should be knocking on the door to state in the distance events.
Captains: Not named yet.
Swimmers who have committed to college: None.
Goals: Goals as a team is to better our dual meet record and possibly land an individual or relay at state.
Metro League teams: John Burroughs, Lutheran North, Lutheran South, MICDS, Principia, Priory, Westminster Christian Academy.
Favorites to win conference: John Burroughs.

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