Willmar Swimming and Diving Preview
COACH Carl Shuldes, fourth season ASSISTANT COACHES Stacy Beyer, Sarah Jagow LAST SEASON Central Lakes Conference: 5-4 Overall: 5-5 KEY DATES Season/home: Saturday, 7-team invitational 10 a.m. diving, 1 p.m. swimming events Conference opener: At St.
Carl Shuldes, fourth season
Stacy Beyer, Sarah Jagow
Central Lakes Conference: 5-4
Season/home: Saturday, 7-team invitational 10 a.m. diving, 1 p.m. swimming events
Conference opener: At St. Cloud Apollo Thursday.
CLC Championships: Oct. 26 and 28 at Alexandria
Section 2A: Nov. 10-11 at UM-Morris Regional Fitness Center.
(returning letterwinners in bold)
SENIORS: Samantha Crow, Mary Morris
JUNIORS: Alicia Alvarado, Lauren Broberg, Jenna Clements, Kristin Daniels, Sarah Erickson, Brooke Feichtinger, Sarah Frank, Jamie Orsten, Katie Pakola, Rachel Peterson, Jennifer Ridler, Kendra Sietsema, Jenna Van Buren, Ashley Zondervan
SOPHOMORES: Brooke Barrett, Bailie Henrickson, Sarah Hund, Katie Kroona, Aakriti Mehra, Megan Michaelis, Shelby Morton, Hannah Pederson, Bethany Pollock, Laura Polman
FRESHMEN: Aleasha Blokzyl, Amy Brandt, Alysha Cuchna, Mary Erickson, Jenny Frank, Anna Fuglestad, Mackenzie Johnson, Tiffany Nelson, Alissa Tinklenberg
EIGHTH GRADE: Ashly Alvarado, Valor Gorans, Shantel Kelly
SEVENTH GRADE: Shelby Stevens, Sarah Tinklenberg, Emily Zondervan
Dana Guetter and Anita Nelson, both contributors since seventh grade have graduated. But 18 letterwinners return to ease the transition. Guetter set three individual school records (50 free, 100 free, individual medley) her final year; her versatility will put a dent in Willmar scoring.
Freestyle events are strength but butterfly and breaststroke will be harder to fill after graduation losses (10 total).
Only two seniors this year are distance swimmer Samantha Crow and Mary Morris, who returns to the roster after a year overseas.
Diving is a strength led by juniors Alicia Alvarado and Brooke Feichtinger.
Three seventh graders are expected to contribute on varsity as will three eighth graders who each lettered last year.
Freshman Alissa Tinklenberg starts her third year with her name already up and down the record board. She set two individual records last year (200 and 500 free) and was part of record-setting medley relay.
Junior Sarah Frank and freshman Aleasha Blokzyl also competed at state last year when Willmar finished sixth in Class A.
All 10 schools compete in swimming in the CLC. Willmar will be battling to finish in the upper half. St. Cloud Tech and Fergus Falls are the frontrunners.