Boys Swimming & Diving Preview: Lakers enter season with higher goals set
With good experience back, some top-notch talent and solid team chemistry, the Detroit Lakes boys’ swimming and diving team will need one more aspect to tie it all together for the 2013-14 season.
Versatility will be a facet Laker head coach Rian Heimark will be focusing his team on for the season, meaning more swimmers competing in more events.
“We need to find some guys who will swim all events,” Heimark said. “We are not as well-rounded as we have been in the past.”
It’s a trait which can certainly be addressed, as DL enters the season with solid leadership at the top with seven seniors.
Michael Richter comes into the season in the “best shape of his life” and will be looked upon to be a leader.
He will be one of the Lakers’ all-around swimmers by taking on the butterfly, breaststroke and the freestyle events.
“Michael has done an excellent job training in the weight room and he is very motivated after just missing out on state last year in the relays,” Heimark said.
Seniors who did compete in the state meet in the relays were Austin McCullough and Isaac Clem, who each return as senior captains, as well.
Clem will be returning to the team around midseason after nursing an injury, while McCullough will be one of DL’s leading sprinters.
Junior captain Jared Olson also has a hunger after missing state in the 200 individual medley last season by .2 of a second.
“No doubt, state is in his sites,” Heimark said of Olson.
“He was able to go on one of the relays, though.”
Sophomore Caleb Howard will also be a main point contributor.
The Lakers will also be heavy senior laden, which includes diver Jacob Kempenich, Austin Nelson in the breast and freestyle; Diego Erickson and Austin Savig in the sprints.
The Laker diving team will consist of four, including Kempenich, along with freshman Zane Freeman, eighth grader Austin Gedrose and sophomore Andrew Holzgrove.
Sophomores who will see varsity time include Ethan McCullough and Jake Anderson, who has qualified for sections the last two years.
Other freshmen who also swam in the section meet include Spencer Heimark and Brady Labine, with eighth graders looking to make an impact include Quinn Bakken, Elliot Musielewicz and Connor Haugrud.
With many of the section teams losing an abundance of seniors and the Lakers losing two, experience potentially might tilt to DL this year.
“We’ll see what the boys can do this year and I will be pushing them to their limits and see what they are capable of doing,” Heimark said.
“I have some high expectations for these guys.”
The Lakers open the season Saturday in the Fergus Falls Invite and will have their home opener Friday, Dec. 13, against Thief River Falls.
The 2013-14 Detroit Lakes boys’ swimming and diving schedule:
7 at Fergus Falls
13 Thief River Falls
20 at Moorhead
7 at Morris
10 at Bemidji
14 Park Rapids
18 at Park Rapids
21 at Bemidji
28 at Moorhead
1 at Park Rapids
7 Mid-State meet at Park Rapids
13 at Thief River Falls
21-22 Section at Alexandria