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Mercer Island boys swimming | Winter sports previews
Coach: Chauntelle Johnson
athletes: Over 60
Last season: The Islanders finished second in state, ending a six-year state title run. Mercer Island won the KingCo meet and took second to Lakeside during the SeaKing District meet — the team that would go on to beat Mercer Island in the state finals.
Strengths: “Our sprint freestyles,” said coach Chauntelle Johnson. “We did time trials last week and had a lot of guys under 24 seconds in the 50.”
“Diving,” said captain Sam Peterson. The team will have at least four seniors and one sophomore diving this season. “And we have some great relays,” he added.
This season the team has a lot of younger swimmers, said Johnson.
“A lot of new guys who really want to get better,” she said.
“Everyone’s really supportive,” said captain Harrison Leeds.
Focus: “Getting their endurance back,” said Johnson. “Some of the guys play water polo, so working on their mechanics, and for others, even our year-round swimmers, getting them ready for a lot of racing.”
“Teamwork,” said senior Sam Chong. “Showing them that when we work as a whole, we can do something great.”
“We want to make sure that everyone improves and has a KingCo time,” said Peterson.
Captains: Seniors Cody Hall, Sam Chong, Sam Peterson, Harrison Leeds
Meet to watch: Newport, Bellevue, Bainbridge Island, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeside
“We’re also going to the Kentridge Invitational,” said Johnson.
“Bellevue,” said the captains. “It’ll be close, but we can do it,” said Leeds.
“Lakeridge, because they beat us last year at state; it’ll be tough,” said Chong.