New members strengthen boys swim team

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Julia Gutierrez

Diving at a meet last season, senior Hudson Hill looks at the water in preparation to finish his dive.

The 2021-2022 boys swim season is predicted to be the biggest team they have had since they got a new head coach, Stephanie Armiak, three years ago.
“This year is my third year coaching. I had one full season and one season cut short because of Covid, so I’m excited to have another full season and a team with growing numbers,” Armiak said.
Armiak has already chosen this year’s team captains, seniors Hudson Hill and Robert Passuth, and junior Caden Sauve, who are all excited to have a bigger team than ever and hopefully get another chance to win leagues.
“I want to see my team go undefeated, win leagues, and have a bigger presence at states,” Passuth said., “We have a strong team this year with a lot of swimmers and I don’t think there is a team that can really stand up to us this year.”
Because of all the new swimmers joining the team, the boys will have more depth to their team which can help strategize their meets.
“I think the guys that swim for third or fourth place will help us most this year and they are going to be some real powerhouses for the team,” Sauve said.
The team has grown from only 15 boys last year to approximately 25 swimming this year, the biggest team they have had in years.
“We lost no seniors last year, so we knew our team would be at least the same size, so we’re going to be bigger and we’re looking very sizable compared to everyone else,” Sauve said.
The boys are looking forward to a successful season and are excited to welcome in many new swimmers to help the team have a chance to win leagues.
“From the meetings I’ve had, we have quite a few swimmers that are new to us and interested so our end game is to hopefully win the league meet and also continue to build a program of teamwork with high expectations academically, as well as athletically,” Armiak said.
The boys swim first meet is December 7th at 6 pm against Belleville at home.