Hendricks County boys’ swimming and diving teams head back to the pool this week. Teams are in different shapes heading into the 2012 seasons with some rebuilding and some reloading, but whatever the case may be, every squad is looking to improve.
With low numbers this season, the Cascade Cadets are counting on quality and not quantity to be successful. The Cadets currently have 13 swimmers, but Cascade coach Paul Williams has faith in his team’s abilities.
“We really believe that we have 13 quality swimmers and that will make this team a lot better in the water than they will appear on paper,” Williams said. “Our kids work extremely hard to make up (for) the smaller numbers but they also understand that if this were an easy sport that everyone would be a swimmer, so they kind of wear that as a badge of honor.”
Strong leadership will be key with such few numbers and Williams believes he has the right athletes for the job.
“Seniors Jesse Gilmore, Kyle Trent, Brian McConnell, and Drake Whicker each bring their own unique brand of leadership,” Williams said. “They are a great group of young men and they truly are the heart and soul of this team.
“Junior Cole Dugan has already began the process of taking a leadership role with this team and we expect Cole to continue to develop as a leader and swimmer as the season progresses.”
Gilmore took second in the West Central Conference meet last year in the 200 free and Dugan won the 500 free.
Although the numbers are down for the Cadets, the expectations are still high.
“Our team goal is to win the West Central Conference meet win the Clinton Central Invitational and produce 10 wins on the season,” Williams said. “In addition, we want to have four swimmers on the podium at the county meet and at least five swimmers in the finals at the sectionals.”