Three-fourth of Park’s record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay team has departed, leaving senior Matt Glenna to lead a new crop of Park High swimmers and diver.
The Park foursome of Devin Schwartz, Nathan LeMay, Tyson Kalinowski and Glenna finished 19th in the 400 relay at the Class AA boys swim and dive state tournament last Mach. It’s unlikely the Wolfpack can match that time around, but there is some young talent remaining.
“They kind of were our backbone for a number of years, a number of years,” said Park head coach Amanda Johnson. “It will be interesting to see how we fill those spots which will be sorely missed as we’ve been known for our sprinting and having those 50-yead kids, some of our backstrokers and then our freestylers.
It will be an interesting year of seeing where our kids fit in and what kind of things we can come up with,” Johnson added.
The Wolfpack obviously start with Glenna, a double section champion last season who may try everything from the 50 to the 500-yard swims this season and even the 200 IM, while concentrating on his strengths in the 100- and 200yard freestyle events.
Glenna was 18th at state in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in a time of 1:45.77. He tied for 23rd in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.25.
“Minus the three boys everyone is back and raring to go,” said Johnson. “Yes we lost three top kids but I feel like there are a lot of kids here that can fill their shoes here and there and maybe we aren’t a sprinting team anymore but we look at our IMs that are really good or our breaststrokes that are really good and I really feel that we have that achievable that we could be at the same level that we were last year.”
Sprinters Evan Darling and Ethan Anderson return, Jackson Harre is back in the 500, Nate Johnson and Mason Darling return in the breaststroke. Mitch LeMay has competed in the 200 IM and 100-butterfly but may add the 50 free this year.
Park opens the season Thursday at Ottman Middle School with the varsity conference relays, starting at 5:30 p.m.