Boys swimming dove into the start of their season, the athletes excited to compete with a new coach at their side and a prospectively prosperous future.
The swimmers’ first meet roused their spirits with a 121-49 win against the New Berlin Eisenhower and West co-op.
“Our first meet was really good. I think a lot of us surprised ourselves with the times that we went,” said Tom Miazga, head coach.
Michael Perry, senior, had swims that were considered meet highlights, as well as the teams’ cumulative effort and outcome in the three relays.
“We were really hyped during the meet,” said Charlie Phillips, junior.
“Overall I think we put up a lot of times that are going to scare the rest of the state,” Miazga said.
This year the team also received a new head coach Tom Miazga. Miazga is a US Paralympian and international athlete. This summer at the Parapan American Games he won the silver medal in the 100 backstroke.
“He is a really good coach. I think everybody looks up to him because he has gone to the Paralympics,” said Joey Bolduc, sophomore.
Miazga also has a unique training style that involves sprint-based practices. “He bases his sets more on quality more than quantity which is a lot different from … a lot of the swim coaches I have had,” Phillips said.“I like to think about having race-like swims every time we push off the wall,” Miazga said.
Miazga has also increased the positive atmosphere on deck, and according to Bolduc, tries his best to help every individual athlete whenever possible.“He does a really good job encouraging all the guys,” Phillips said.
This season the boys have also started doing dryland after practice. Dryland is an out-of-water strength and conditioning training that involves running and doing exercises like push-up, burpees and planks.
“I have heard a bunch of guys on JV talk about how sore they are,” Phillips said.Not only has dryland made the boys stronger, but it has changed their view on all aspects of training as well.
“It also shows people that they need to be a lot healthier,” Phillips said.For the boys, being healthier includes eating more nutritious foods and bringing a snack to eat before practice.
The team has set large goals for the season.“We really want to win conference again as a team and be undefeated in dual meets,” Bolduc said.
The boys have won conference for the past three years.“Starting a legacy like we did with the girls would be great,” Miazga said.
Additionally, the team wants to win state. According to Miazga this would be the year to do it because the team has many returning seniors that have gone to state previously.
The team is also looking forward to winter break practices. They plan to have an inter-squad meet, where alumni come back.
“[During winter break practices] we can focus on swimming and work on the little things we don’t always get to do every single day,” Miazga said.
By Martha Dix