The Tyrone swimming teams enjoyed some success last season and are looking for some more this season, despite being young.
The boys have five seniors on a roster of 18, while the Lady Eagles also have five seniors with 29 girls on the roster, which features a pretty large junior class.
And so far, head coach Tom Getz has liked what he has seen so far in the first few weeks of practice.
“The preseason has been going quite well,” Getz said. “We had a few good weeks of weight training, dry land training and now are focusing on getting in good quality yards in the pool.”
Obviously with a young team, Getz only has a small amount of older kids to look at to be leaders. Because of their youth, he says he has to rely on everyone on the roster to be leaders.
“We have a relatively young team, but they all work well together,” said Getz. “I can’t look to one or two swimmers as the leaders as they all bring their strengths. Honestly, we need leaders during practice more than at meets. The swimmers that are working hard every set all practice are the ones that I look too as leaders.”
Despite being on both teams, both teams should be able to fill out almost all of the events with at least one or two strong swimmers. However, Getz says there will also be a lot of young swimmers being called on to contribute in a big way.
Both sides also have key returners, as well. Madison Coleman finished in third place in both the 50 and 100 free events at the District 6 meet last year, while Jacob Decker (100 back) and Fiona McConnell (100 breast) also picked up a third place each at districts. Matt Lenze earned a fourth place in the 100 breast stroke.
Tyrone also had a second place in the boys 200 medley relay, while the Lady Eagles got third in the same event.
In the final team standings, the boys ended in fourth place and the girls came in fifth place.
Getz says they have strong goals on both sides, both in the team and individual wise.
“The team goals are to have a strong dual meet season and improve on our standings at the district meet,” Getz said. “I would like to see both the boys and girls team place in the top 3 at districts. In regards to individual goals I want to see some swimmers qualify for the state meet, which requires first place at districts. We had a few get close last year, so we are in a good position to get some swimmers to states.”
Tyrone starts the season tonight in a home meet against Bellefonte.
Seniors: Jacob Decker, Trenton Gonder, Noah Irvin, Carter Maceno, Brendon McCailley. Juniors: Kros Carper, Matt Lenze, Caelan Mills, Kaden Vail. Sophomores: Ethan Carper, Hunter Gregg, Wade Hendrickson, Aiden McCracken, Yelda Skov, Collin Yaudes. Freshmen: Parker Bayard, Darin Gonder, Songmian Wang.
Seniors: Gwen Daugherty, Hannah Gampe, Shayla Graham, Ashtyn Payne, Olivia Thomas. Juniors: Cynthia Baldwin, Cate Baran, Mae Decker, Maddie Diebold, Jamyson Focht, Callie Maceno, Sarah Manna, Fiona McConnell, Amelia Morning, Kaleha Smith, Kali Stivers, McKenna Yaudes. Sophomores: Madison Coleman, Sarah Hoover, Sarah Jackson, Emily Martin. Freshmen: Sarah Hoover, Lydia Irvin, Ellie Oakes, Lyndsey Parks, Grace Peterson, Victoria Reese, Isabella Rhoades, Ashley Walk.
12/7 vs. Bellefonte
12/10 vs. Penns Valley
12/18 at Clearfield
1/21 vs. Huntingdon
1/25 at Northern Cambria, 4:15 p.m.
2/4 vs. Altoona
2/6 vs. Central Cambria
2/12 at Mifflin County
2/14 at Ligonier Valley, 4:45 p.m.
All meets begin at 6 p.m. unless noted.