The Benedictine Cadets, led by senior captains Ty Owens and Reese Devries, take a dive into the 2019-2020 season hoping to send more Cadets to states.
"In order for us to be successful this year our seniors must show leadership for newcomers to learn and execute strokes properly," said junior Joseph Clark. "As far as team goals go, we look to send one relay to states."
Benedictine welcomes four new swimmers this year, as well as a new assistant coach, Mr. Williamson.
Charlie Williamson, son of Mr. Williamson, feels that his dad won't interfere with the team's success. "He can only have a positive impact on the team," said Charlie. "My dad's main goal is to help the new swimmers improve their strokes in order for us to reach our season goals."
As far as underclassmen and new swimmers go, there are two new sophomores and one freshman who look to make an immediate impact on the team.
Returning sophomores Ryan Macholz, Ben Salp, Henry Gwyer and Destin Tran bring more leadership to the table on an already experienced Cadet team. New sophomores Caleb Hyman and Patrick Marshall both are varsity lacrosse players who use swimming to get in better shape for the upcoming season. Freshman DJ Kennedy is fresh off the cross country season in which he was one of only two freshmen on the squad. With new swimmers the Cadets goal remains the same; states. "If we don't send at least one event or one swimmer to states, our season is a failure," said senior Joseph Clark.
Last year, the Cadets sent an impressive four swimmers to states, with Owens and Henry Dwyer qualifying for the 100 and 200 freestyle events, and those two teaming up with Ben Walls and Clark for the 200 medly and the 4 X 100 free relay. The team is led by Head Coach Schmidt, who also leads the Saint Gertrude squad