The Stanwood boys swimming and diving team has nine seniors. They were freshmen when coach Connie Schmidt took over the program three years ago. Their development has mirrored the program’s growth during that time.
“We’ve been through some ups and downs, but we’ve come together,” Schmidt said. “Some of our top swimmers, when they joined the team, they didn’t know much about (swimming). It’s been rewarding to see their skill level and experience and maturity (increase).”
Several Spartans have already posted better times than they recorded at the end of last season. Sam Grant (200-yard freestyle, 400 freestyle), Noah Wittman (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle) and Ben Veazey (100 butterfly, 200 individual medley) hope to place at the 3A state meet, Schmidt said.
“Our main goal is to send the largest group (of swimmers) to districts since I’ve been the coach,” she said. “We have 18 district times through the first two meets, so several kids have already hit their goal. We had two relay teams get to state last year, and the goal is the same this year. Another goal is to not just make state, but make the finals once we get there.”