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Olympus taking the plunge

Titans have high expectations for the teams this season

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HOLLADAY — Olympus' swimming team thinks it might be poised for a breakout season.

Backed by solid senior leadership, as well as a number of good swimmers on both sides, the Titans have high expectations at the onset of the 2006-07 swimming season.

"I'm kind of hoping this is our growth season to do really well," said coach Brad Goffe.

Added senior captain Anne Treschitta: "I think we're going to be better this year; everybody's kind of upping their game."

At last season's Region 6 championships, the girls finished third and the boys sixth. Later, the girls wound up 10th at state, while the boys were 17th.

According to Goffe, team chemistry and unity will help the squad improve this season. Senior captains Emily Chamberlain, Treschitta and Kim Shelby will lead the girls, and captains Levi Wood, Taylor Clawson and Calvin Palmer will lead the boys.

In particular, Treschitta, a sprinter, should play a huge role. She medaled at state in the 50-yard freestyle and was seventh in the 100 free.

Interestingly, Treschitta has been dealing with a pair of minor injuries. She had a shoulder problem in the summer. Then, during a powder-puff football game recently, she twisted her knee while trying to block a defender. Thing was, she completely missed the defender on the play.

"It was not one of my brighter moments," she said, smiling.

Fortunately for her, the knee injury wasn't nearly as serious it could've been.

For now, her focus is getting back to where she was last year. From there, she'll worry about improving those times.

In addition to her individual goals, Treschitta has also been working to be a good team captain.

"I kind of realized how much goes into it," she said.

Besides his team captains, Goffe has high expectations for a number of the other girls. Sheridan Schultz, Nikki Snyder, Abby Soderberg, Tommie Young and Melissa Dean will be aiming to make a mark at the region and state meets.

Goffe also has high hopes for a number of his boys. Many of them started swimming a year ago, and the Titans' coach hopes that experience will pay dividends this season.

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