MG boys swimmers hope to improve upon last season’s success

By Thomas Huibregtse/Eagle Post staff

     Following the greatest season in school history when they finished second in the WIAA state meet, the Monona Grove boys 2011-2012 hopes to continue its success this year. Last year the team had tremendous talent that ran deep.
     One new change to the team this year is the coaching staff. Previous Head Coach Jason Roth stepped down, and Coach Kelly Huson is stepping in to fill the gap. Huson has an impressive history in swimming and coaching, including competing on a state level three of her four years at Richwoods High School in Illinois and moving on to Elmhurst College, also in Illinois. Huson has received several awards throughout her career and has ten years of coaching experience in Illinois. She has an intense work ethic and competitive spirit.
“Coach Huson is tough,” said senior Erik Romanski, who was an alternate on the team that competed at state, “but she will whip us into shape quickly and improve our strength, stamina, and endurance.”
Some accomplishments of the 2010-2011 team include breaking all previous boys swim records except one.  They were undefeated in regular season, won the Sun Prairie and Janesville relay meets, won the Badger South conference overall, and with a first-place finish at sectionals, advanced to state and finished second to McFarland.
This year’s team will have a wealth of returning talent including senior Jack Allen who placed first in the 100-yard freestyle and 200 freestyle relay and second in the 400 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle at state last year; junior Tyler Roehr, fourth in the 200 yard medley relay, seventh in the 200 individual medley, and fourth in the 100 breaststroke; junior Patrick Sisson, second in one-meter diving; junior Mitchell Paull, fourth in the boys 200 medley relay, 11th in the 500 freestyle, sixth in the 100 yard backstroke, second in the 400 yard freestyle relay; and sophomore Andrew Sackett, fourth in the 200 medley relay, 12th in the 50 yard freestyle, 11th in the boys 100 freestyle, first in the 200 freestyle relay.
“I expect us to have a good season and to work hard and ultimately have a fun time,” Paull said. The top team goals include finishing first in conference and finishing in the top three at the WIAA Boys State Swim meet in February.
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