With 14 swimmers and two divers, Danville’s boys team is twice the size it was last year. Still, it isn’t enough to secure many scoreboard victories, so an adjusted mental approach is necessary.
“They’ve been good about being upbeat,” Danville coach Leah Miller said. “I just tell them to go out and do what they need to do. They do it, and it always helps to have someone next to them that they have to race.”
Danville isn’t devoid of talent. Matt Neilson won the 200 freestyle at the recent Sagamore Conference meet, Kasey Hedrick took the top podium spot in diving and Miller said first-year swimmer Sean Wolfe is among the other Warriors who’ve made significant improvement since the start of the season.
While not facing the same participation gap as Covenant, Danville is engaged in a similar effort to increase participation.
“It starts at the club level, and making sure they don’t get burnt out so that when they reach middle school or high school, they still really want to do it,” said Miller, who swam at Avon and Butler. “It’s also about getting them to love the sport of swimming, and letting them know that while it’s hard work, it does pay off.”
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