2013-14 Winter Preview: Park boys swimming and diving team welcomes back key athletes
In 2012-13, the Park boys swimming and diving team put together a 3-10 season, beating Tartan and Cretin-Derham Hall along the way.
Connor Ross, Joe Tschida and Kevin Roettger will captain the Wolfpack this season.
Other key returners include junior swimmers Adam Raymond and Jarrett Mansergh, freshman Mack Christianson and senior Kevin Riepe as well as divers Nick Germscheid, a junior, and Bobby Heitman, a sophomore.
“We have a super great group that is returning this year that will be key for our meets,” said Park head coach Amanda Johnson.
Park did lose its top swimmer from last year in Michele Pau, who was a foreign exchange student along with diver Nate Pearson, who was a 2013 graduate.
Park finished in fifth place out of eight teams in the Section 4AA championship meet — ahead of sixth-place White Bear Lake.
Park wasn’t able to send a swimmer to the state meet, however.
Pau came the closest to the state meet, taking fourth place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.42 seconds. The cut time in the event was 49.03 seconds. Pau also placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.87. Germscheid came in sixth place in the event with a score of 308.70, which was just shy of state.
“We had a lot of sickness last year, so I am hoping to stay away from that this year,” Johnson said. “I am also looking forward to watching the boys compete against some great swimmers to see what we can achieve. I am happy to see us improve against these teams and actually be able to compete with them.”
Park begins the season on Dec. 5 with the annual Suburban East Conference relays at Stillwater Junior High School. Park’s first home meet comes against Cretin-Derham Hall on Dec. 19 at Cottage Grove Middle School. The Wolfpack then travels to White Bear Lake on Dec. 12. Another key meet is Jan. 16 when Park hosts Roseville. The Wolfpack lost to the Raiders by just four points last season.
“We are looking forward to Roseville this year because it was so close last year,” Johnson said. “These boys are looking to swim fast against them.”