CRESTLINE — Crestline High Schools swim team is as large this year as its ever been.
“This is the first time in my coaching career that I have 16 swimmers,” said coach Denise Jeffrey. “I am very ecited about this. After seeing some of the time drops from my returning swimmers last year, I think that we have a decent chance of making it to districts this year.”
Jeffrey, entering her ninth season as head coach, will lead the returning Mid-Buckeye Conference champion (boys) and runner-up (girls) to pools around the area with optimism.
The Bulldogs lost four swimmers to graduation last spring; Timmy Tompkins, Courtney Swanger, Sarah Toy and Samantha Schneider, but will see four returning seniors and a returning junior on their roster for the 2017-2018 season.
Michaela Jeffrey will return for her fourth year in the water after winning the 500-meter freestyle and placing second in the 200-free in last year’s MBC meet. Joining Jeffrey for their fourth year together will be senior Kinsey Kenison. Kenison was the 100-meter butterfly champion at the MBC meet a season ago. Fellow seniors Alex Miller and Keagen Sqrow are also back for the swimming ‘Dogs for their second year of varsity swimming.
Along with the returning athletes, coach Jeffrey will also welcome 11 newcomers to her squad.
Senior Mariah Mosier, juniors Desi Hunt and Caitlin Harley, sophomores Jaden Stewart, Brooke Reynolds, Logan Parrella, Lauryn Tadda and Jacelynn Batcheller will head up the squad. Incoming freshmen Ivy Stewart, Alec Sipes and Brynn Cheney also look to make a splash for the squad this winter.
“I have many swimmers that are new to the sport, so we have the challenge of getting them ready for meets quickly,” said Jeffrey. “We want to get everyone ready for our first meet on Dec. 2 (Shelby Invitational), as well as have some big time drops throughout the season. We hope to do well in the MBC, especially given the size of the team this year.”