Preparing for the second season of competition, the Farmington High School boys’ varsity swim team is back in the pool and ready to make a splash.
“This is our second season as a team, and it is starting very well,” said Coach Morgan Wilson. “At our first meet at Cape Central, all of my returning swimmers beat last year’s end-of-the-season times by at least eight seconds.”
With only eight members on the team, the Knights size makes them the underdog as they compete against teams with a larger roster.
“We don’t have the numbers to really compete, especially against some of these larger schools,” Wilson said. “All of the other schools can put four swimmers in the water for any event. We can only put in two, so I look for personal best. I challenge them to beat themselves every single time, and they have yet to fail me.”
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Returning to the pool for the second year are senior Max Kleppe and juniors Greg Roberts and Will Calderon.
“I am very proud of my three returning swimmers,” Wilson said. “They have really stepped up and have shown great leadership skills. They really helped the newbies during our first meet feel comfortable and to stay focused.”
Kleppe and Calderon are pretty confident the team will be able to compete against the other schools. In fact, both believe the Knights will surprise people this year.
“I think we are going to be very competitive,” Kleppe said. “I think it will be toward the end of the season, but we will be competitive this season.”
Calderon not only believes the team will be competitive, but believes he will be as well.
“I plan on going to state this year,” Calderon said. “I am about five seconds off the state qualifying time for the 50-meter freestyle.”
As far as the new freshmen swimmers, Wilson is extremely happy with their performance and their desire to be successful.
“These are some of the most highly motivated kids I have been with,” Wilson said. “If my freshmen stay this focused, there is going to be some domination in the coming seasons”
Although their season consist of 10 meets, Wilson is particularly interest in doing well at the Cape Rock Open on Oct. 1.
“We really want to do well at Cape Rock this year,” Wilson said. “They give medals to the top eight places and roses to the top 16 places. Last year we came close, so this year I want to reach that goal.”
Adding to this year’s season schedule the Knights hold two home meets at Farmington Civic Center. On Sept. 27, they play host to Cape Girardeau Central High School and on Oct. 19 they welcome Jackson High School.
Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at email@example.com.