Phoebe Duval – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- This Monday, the LRHS swim team dove into their new season and started practice. The Mustangs practice from 3-5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA.
Aug. 28 marks the date of the first swim meet of the season, hosted by LRHS at the YMCA against Manatee and Parrish Community High Schools.
Previous head coach Julie Santiago handed her position over to former assistant coach Kyle Steinberg, an LRHS history teacher.
“I’m feeling pretty good about this season. I’m looking forward to having some familiar faces encourage the new swimmers coming to the team,” Steinberg said, “Seeing people improve from last year’s successes is also something that I’m excited to see.”
One of the biggest challenges facing the swim team is that it’s not very large, and since the school is in the largest division (4A), competition is tough.
Steinberg said, “I want to make sure we have a good team environment that’s welcoming and fun but also challenging at the same time, so that everyone improves and drops time.”
Returning from a serious shoulder injury, Senior Katelynn Coons is excited to be a co-captain of the women’s team.
“It’s nice to get back in the water after being out. Although it’s been hard to get back to where I was, it’s all about the journey and I’m glad to be able to lead and encourage my teammates,” Coons said.
Junior swimmer Jenelle Bayor said, “I can’t wait to see what this season brings; hopefully new best times and some fun as well.”
Last year, LRHS sent seven swimmers to Stuart, Florida to compete at the state level and hope to do the same this year.