With that mix of upper and lower classmen, Karr believes there is one important factor to bring the team together.
“Our success totally depends on the team chemistry we have,” he said. “If the girls put the team’s success before their own, we will be pretty hard to beat.”
Even with the successes the Orioles had last season, Avon strives for more and Karr and the coaching staff seem up to the challenge.
“As coaches, we try to find a way to make sure the team stays hungry and doesn’t grow complacent as the wins start coming in,” Karr said. “With our sport being the way it is, we can continue to focus on success at the state meet. Even though we have continued to improve at the sectional level we know that our performance at the state meet can be much better. The girls understand that we have many more levels of performance to achieve, and they are embracing that pretty well.”
First-year Danville swimming and diving coach Leah Miller is looking to guide the Warriors to victories in 2012.
Miller swam at Avon High School and Butler University and started coaching as an assistant for a club team before taking over at Danville.
Her goals are simple this season.
“My expectations are just to get them to go fast and that they give me 100 percent every day,” Miller said.
Miller has changed practice from last season, transitioning to more of a low yardage, high intensity team compared to last year’s coach who focused more on high yardage.
“I want every one of my swimmers to swim fast,” she said. “As of right, now we are practicing a little bit different than they did last year, so we’re getting them adjusted to that, and I want them finding their speed a little bit earlier in the season.”