Swimming Anticipates a Successful 2010

by Brian Friel

The Mats swim team is looking to repeat or improve on last year’s successes, as the boys placed second in both league and NCS and the girls placed third in league. However, after an exodus of such swimming greats as Sean Haufler ‘09, Stephen Siri ‘09, and Bret Lathrope ‘09, the Mats will need to prove themselves with a much smaller group.

“A lot of people left last year, but we also have some new additions to the team that we think are going to do really well,” said captain Meredith White ‘11. “Our practices have had less people than  in previous years, but we’re developing a really tight-knit group.”

Leading the Mats this season are captains Jeremy Unger ‘10, Ryan Higgins ‘10, Katy Yeh ‘10, Connor Byrne ‘10, Brooke Woodward ‘10 and White. Other impact swimmers for the Mats include Sierra Robbins ‘11, Samantha Swinton ‘12, Nick Deaver ‘11, Aleck Ryner ‘11, and Charlie Wiser ‘13.

“We’re expecting big things from Charlie,” said White.

The team will face a competitive schedule this season, as Campolindo and Las Lomas are capable of rivaling the Mats for a league title.

“Campo is by far the biggest team, so that alone makes them hard to beat,” said Deaver.

“Las Lomas has some very good swimmers, including senior Kasey Carlson who is one of the best breaststrokers in the world,” said Deaver.

Despite their competition, the Mats remain confident about their chances of success. Don Heidary returns for his 20th year as head coach, having led the Mats to five NCS championships.

“Donnie is very steadfast,” said White. “He coaches at a very high level and is as much as a life coach as he is a swim coach.”

The Mats will open the season on Mar. 19 when they travel to Dougherty Valley to take on the Wildcats.