By Luke Green-Lauber
The Whetstone High School swim team has the bullseye on their backs this year with the girls and boys both winning the city league title last year and leaving a good dent in sectionals and districts. But they are not afraid of the competition and are ready to prove that they have the dominant swimming program.
“It’s a great feeling hearing your team called two years in a row as the first place team in the city league your rival school,” junior swimmer Conor Flanagan said.
With an abundance of conditioning, the swim team has already been practicing for well over a month, and it paid off well in their first meet against Centennial and Hilliard Davidson. The boys team narrowly lost to a very strong Hilliard Davidson team 55-46 and handily beat Centennial 70-30 as well as the Girls team beating Centennial 66-29 but losing to Davidson 71-27.
The boys swim team this year has been dropped in divisions from one to two so a lot of the boys are confident in getting in on not just the relays but some individual swims as well. Last year, Connor Flanagan was the only swimmer from each team to get into the district final with an individual swim (100 yard backstroke, 59.69 seconds) with the exception of great diver Trevor Karnhem that placed eighth in the central district final. The girls team is shooting strong this year to make some individual times as Jenny Bayse was one of the last cuts to get into districts in the 100 yard breaststroke, and Natalie Hunt in the butterfly.