Boys Swim Preview

Posted on November 27, 2012 in Boy's Swimming, Winter Sports

by chuck landis

 

Much like their girls’ counterparts, the Oak Hill boys’ swimming and diving team begins the season with some significant graduation losses to replace.

Ten seniors departed from an unbeaten 13-0 team that finished fourth in the ultra-competitive Hamilton Southeastern Sectional. Collin Brown now is on the Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) swim team and Jacobey Jones is a diver at Lincoln Trail (Ill.) junior college.

Jones was the only team member to advance past sectional with a second-place finish. The Eagles had their highest team finish since being relocated to the Hamilton County-based sectional in 2008.

“We lost 10 seniors so that is big, big losses,” Oak Hill coach Mark Yordy said. “But we had a lot of good kids last year who didn’t get to swim last year because of the upperclassmen and they will get a shot this year.”

Oak Hill opens the season today at Huntington North and also visits Eastern on Thursday.

Yordy still has Grant Brown, who was Oak Hill’s top point getter as a freshman, and senior Kegan Anderson performing key roles. Anderson is close to obtaining two school records in the individual medley and butterfly.

“I don’t know where Grant will swim this year — he can do everything,” Yordy said. “I would like to put him in every event.”

Other senior veterans are butterfly specialists Austin Daugherty and Andres Nieto and divers Phil Wimmer and Colton Bragg. Yordy especially expects big things from Wimmer and Bragg after both spent the summer working out with Eagles diving coach Bobby Hart.

Junior distance specialist Levi Graff and sophomores Chance Mygrant, Austin Miller and Liam Hite are other veterans. Miller is another versatile swimmer who Yordy will try in different events while Graff will contribute in distance races and Hite in the individual medley.

“We have got a lot of swimmers this year who can swim in different places and we’re going to do a lot of experimenting early in the year to see where everybody fits in,” Yordy said.

Newcomers who will help include sophomore diver Justin Bolt and freshmen Nick Smith and Brayton Swan. Bolt picked up diving just this summer and has made quick progress, Yordy said.

Despite the graduation losses, Yordy is eying another top four sectional finish and repeat Central Indiana Conference meet title. Brown and Anderson provide strength at the top of the lineup and will make the Eagles competitive in every meet.

“We are not as deep as last year,” Yordy said. “Last year we were three deep in every event and this year we will have some holes.

“But the top kids can be as strong, and a lot will depend on how the young kids fill in,” he added.

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