Boys swim places second at meet hosted by Olathe South

The team competed against five schools to earn their second place standing

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The boys swim team took second at a meet hosted at Chisholm Trail Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The host school of the meet, Olathe South, placed first and SM Northwest came in third behind the Jaguars.

Given the second place finish, head swim coach Dan Dervin is satisfied with the outcome of not only this meet, but also the season thus far.

“So far, I’ve been pleased with [this season],” Dervin said. “We’ve had a lot of new swimmers who have stepped up as well as our veterans.”

Sophomore Avery Lawson is also content with the turnout of the season, especially in comparison to the team’s standings in the previous year.

“I feel that the season has been going pretty good,” Lawson said. “We’ve placed first in a lot of our meets, which I don’t think we did last year.”

However, even with the most recent second place finish and several first place finishes under their belts, sophomore Avery Lawson believes there is still room for improvement as a team.

“We need to work on teamwork in the relays, and we need to start cheering each other on more,” Lawson said.

Individually, sophomore Logan Myers feels he has done well, but agrees that the team could work harder to improve as a whole.

“I’ve got four [personal records] so i’m happy with that,” Myers said. “We just need to work harder at practice.”

In the wake of losing more experienced senior swimmers from last season, Dervin is optimistic about the enthusiasm and the future of the young athletes in the program.

“We’re not as big as we have been and not as experienced, [but] I’m proud of them no matter how they do,” Dervin said. “The individuals who really want to perform at a high level are never quite satisfied and that’s nice.”

 

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