- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
If numbers are indicative of success, this year’s Comets swim team should have a solid season.
Courtney Clementson takes over head-coaching duties from Spencer Ferguson this season, with Dennis Seamster and Shawn Torian returning as assistants, and Comets’ coaches have the luxury of mentoring 24 returning swimmers out of a 41-man roster.
There are 12 seniors, nine juniors, six sophomores, eight freshmen and six eighth-graders on the squad, with a total of 17 swimmers on the girls’ team and 24 on the boys’ team.
Clementson pointed to the number of returnees and early results in practice as evidence of a successful season in the offing.
“We have not finished deciding who is going to swim what strokes, but we should have a better idea by Dec. 3, our first meet of the season,” said Clementson.
She cautioned that although her evaluation is not complete, a number of swimmers have stood out in at least five different areas thus far at practice.
Taylor Elliott, Delantae Miller, Nick Zanarini, Jason Dennis, Kelsey White, Melissa Essig, Morgan Farley and Peyton Ferguson are the top swimmers thus far in the backstroke event, according to Clementson.
The top swimmers in the breaststoke events are Austin Robbins, Hunter Fulcher, Brandon Garner, Becca Snead, Jordan Miller and Jessica Conner.
Standouts in the fly thus far are Zak Ford, Jordan Keck, Hampton Smith, Jason Weldon, Caleigh Hughes, Shelby Rutledge, Jessica Conner and Allison Conner.
In the individual medley, Keck, Ford, Brandon Garner, Hunter Fulcher, Jordan Miller, Snead, Essig, Rutledge-Hargrave and Emily Conner stand out, Clementson noted.
The top freestyle swimmers thus far are Dru Henderson, Elliott, Smith, Delantae Miller, Weldon, Johanna Spencer, White, Hughes Farley and Allison Conner.
Most returning swimmers have improved from last year, with Delantae Miller showing the most improvement, Clementson said, adding the potential is there for a great season if the team continues to work hard.