The 2018-19 team is already working hard to prepare for their season which starts several months from now! The guys are excited to build on the 2017-18 success, especially since there were zero seniors as part of the state events. That sets the guys up well for next year’s dual meets and the district meet. With a team that continues to build on last year’s depth, the Rails are looking forward to a successful season. The Rails aim to have a winning record, become Metro Conference Champs and make a big trip to Iowa City!
A Look Back at the 2017-18 Season
The 2018 Rails Men’s swim team worked very hard in the off-season to achieve big things this season. The guys faced and overcame a number of challenges that changed the course of their season. But it did more than that – it also changed their team bond, strengthening it as they persevered together. After having the team be self-described as the “closest one ever”, the upcoming season should be awesome to watch (with proper off-season training of course!).
The team set three school records as part of the six Top 5 Records set this year.
Javier Santiago broke the 100 Fly record from 2004 and became second all-time in the 100 Back. Brayden Clark became second all-time in the 100 Free and third in the 50 Free. Plus the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay records came down off the wall.
In addition to qualifying for the State meet for every single year in Coach Weber’s tenure (10 seasons!), the guys also had great personal achievements. 13 Sub Club shirts were awarded this season (the most in a single season!). Will Bennett earned three just himself – Sub :60, Sub :55 and Sub :50, becoming the first freshman to go Sub :50. Meanwhile Shaun Slycord earned two Sub :60 and Sub :55. Other new Sub Club members include – Gabe McCollough, Joey Loiocomo, Trystan Thomas, Michael Scott, Anthony Nguyen, Matthew Gudenkauf, Tyler Skalicky, and Derek Webster.
Most Valuable Player: Javier Santiago
Tom Cady Achievement Award: Miguel Espinoza
Rookie of the Year: Will Bennett
Most Improved: Konnor Klocke and Derek Webster
Workhorse Award: Shaun Slycord and Keaton Basinger
Team Captains: Miguel Espinoza and Javier Santiago