The Ben Davis swim teams look to have more success this season as the girls are rebuilding, but the boys’ squad is poised for something a bit bigger.
The Ben Davis girls’ swimming team endured a rebuilding year in 2011 and the Giants might have to withstand another as wins were hard to come by last year. Ben Davis won a dual meet between Cardinal Ritter and International and then defeated International again in another dual, but that was the extent of Ben Davis’ victories.
One bright spot for the Giants was senior diver Ankita Sutaria who won her sectional, reached state for the third consecutive year, and placed 23rd.
But with her graduating, the Giants are back to square one. With some moderate improvement by the roster returnees this offseason, newcomers from freshmen and upperclassmen alike will be needed to fill out some of the much-needed depth on the roster.
“We don’t have what I would call our higher caliber swimmers coming in,” Ben Davis coach George Fastrich said. “An interesting thing with this year’s team is we have a handful of girls that have swam in middle school but did not swim in high school, freshman or sophomore years.”
Fastrich will attempt to play to the girls’ strengths, but with the lack of depth many of the his top girls will have to swim in multiple races. Until some of the newcomers can gain some experience, it could be a very tough start to the 2012 season.
“They’ll be diverse this season as far as what they’re swimming,” he said. “I won’t have them specialized in one area. The only time I do that is for the county, conference, and sectional meets.”
Freshman Maddie Cook will look to fill the gap left by Sutaria’s departure. Another freshman waiting to make an impact is swimmer Nicole Zellers.