SPLISH-SPLASH! As the Lebanon Tiger Swim Team jumps into the pool for the 2018-2019 season, it’s not at the Seashore Waterpark! In fact, the Tigersharks are jumping into the high school pool on Tuesday, November 27 for the first co-ed home meet. There are new hopes and expectations for the year and the Tigers cannot wait to achieve their goals. With the loss of Coach Jay Anderson on April 10, 2018, the Tigers have something bigger to swim for this year rather than just winning.
Senior Austin Orr is excited to kick off his senior season as a Lebanon Tiger. He swims the 200-medley relay, 200 free, 500 free, and the 400 free relay.
“I am really excited to get to know the team more and become more of a family then we already are. I am also excited to achieve all the team goals the guys and girls have set for themselves. We are coming back from a very difficult year emotionally and the whole team is doing well with the practices,” said Orr.
Orr said he is very impressed with how his teammates are pushing each other towards their goals they believe that they can achieve through time. Even before the season began, the Tiger’s grinded in the pool.
“We have been doing a lot of yards every Monday and Wednesday. Saturday mornings we are in the weight room, which is pretty new to the team this year. Our sets have been really challenging but that is what the team needs to be able to improve our times,” said Orr.
The swim team is now coached by one of Lebanon’s history teachers, Craig Howe, after the unexpected passing of previous swim coach, Jay Anderson.
Orr said, “Coach Howe is pushing us to our physical limits, so that we are prepared for conference, sectionals, and state. Coach sees that we can be better swimmers than we already are and that will help take us to the next level.”
Junior Lucy Gascho is already looking forward to competing at the conference tournament. She also cannot wait for the team bonding events that come with being a part of the team.
“What is extremely different about Coach Howe is that we have morning practices which we’ve never had before. It’s good because he pushes us hard and it shows when we get really good times on our races.
Gascho will swim in the 100 fly, 200 Im, 200 medley relay, and the 400 free relay.
Sophomore JC Reese is dedicating his swim season to the man that always inspired him while in the pool, Coach Jay Anderson.
“I am most excited about my ability to make Coach Jay proud in what I do. With our new coach, it has been different. Coach Howe has done a phenomenal job with making the transition smooth to his new style of coaching. If anyone can lead this team like Jay did, it would be Coach Howe,” said Reese.
Reese believes that the Tigersharks will have an edge on their opponents because they have been coming in mornings for weights and swim, while also practicing after school.
Reese will swim in the 100 free, 50 free, 100 breast, 200 medley, 400 free relay, and the 200 free relay.
Hopefully the Tigers’ season won’t drown as they continue on with their season. Make sure you FLY over to the pool and ROLL TIGERS!