“Most of the freshmen girls were very successful at the middle school level last year, so I feel like we could still manage 14 to 15 wins this season,” he said.
Leading the returning Bruins is talented sophomore Madison Jones who set eight school records last season.
“She has come back stronger and faster than last year, so I expect big things out of her,” Sankey said.
Others returning for the Bruins include a core group of seniors in Lorin Dickerson, Sydney McCalley, Kaitlyn Settlemoir, and Lexi Truax.
“They’re the ones who know what it takes during practice to bring positive results once the meets begin, so I’m counting on their wealth of knowledge and leadership abilities to help guide this young team,” Sankey said.
Dickerson holds both school diving records and advanced to the regional round of diving last year. Sankey believes a trip to the state finals is possible this season.
McCalley currently holds four school records.
Plainfield finished last season with some success at the state tournament and in Mid-State Conference and the county tournament, finishing second in each of those last two events. The Quakers return to the pool with several key members intact from last season and look to build upon those successes.
“Our goal is usually the same every year; train hard, have fun, and learn to push ourselves and each other to try and reach our potential,” Plainfield coach Chris Cavanaugh said.
Following an eighth-place finish at the state tournament for her diving efforts, junior Courtney Coverdale could be in the top five or better in the state this season.
“We hope that she can improve on that finish this year,” Cavanaugh said.
Also returning is senior Anna Taber and Cavanaugh believes that she’s one of the keys to success for Plainfield’s season.