Six swimmers named Outstanding for Huskies

Six athletes were named outstanding swimmers at the swim teams’ awards dessert on March 11. Huskies outstanding upperclassmen swimmers were Sarah Rosa and Brinden Sanders, and outstanding underclassmen were Jayce Calhoon, Kieran Schaefer, Michael Simmonds and Sami Webb.

Webb was the only freshman who made it to state this year, Coach Doug Peargin said. She was a four-event finalist at districts and competed in three events at state.

Calhoon, Schaefer and Simmonds placed in two individual events each in the state championships, and each placed on a relay team.

“For sophomores getting that solid a performance at that event, that’s an outstanding accomplishment,” Peargin said.

Rosa placed in two events at state, the 100 fly and the 100 back, and Sanders placed in the 50 free, 100 free and two relays.

Peargin especially enjoyed this year’s swim team, he said. “I had as much fun this season as I’ve had in 20 years. The kids are very mature.”

They love laughing and joking around, but when the time comes, they get serious and step up, he said. “They did as well and placed as high as they could in every event this year. There’s a lot of horsepower there.”

The boys fell just a little short of winning the whole thing mainly because they lacked enough numbers in the championships, Peargin said. State champion Cottage Grove, a great team, had two more boys competing in the finals, he said.

The Huskies will graduate about one-third of their team and need to draw some new swimmers into the program, Peargin said, but with tough competitors such as the outstanding lowerclassmen, he expects the team to be tough next year.

Receiving letters this year were senior Captain Sarah Rosa, fellow seniors Tee Whaley, Justine Calhoon, Michelle Buhn, Shawn Adams, Jon Lemar, Za Ramsey and Captain Brinden Sanders; juniors Laura Gourley, Faith Helfrich, Katie Kinney, Norajean Lemar, Tiffany Trager, Trever Byers, Robert Callagan, Sebastian Mauer and David Worthen; sophomores Jayce Calhoon, Michael Simmonds and Captain Kieran Schaefer; and freshmen, Niccole Simmonds and Captain Sami Webb.