Mariner boys swimming | Winter sports preview
Coach: Jennifer Angelos
Number of athletes: Over 40
Last season: The Marauders finished the season with a 9-4 overall record, sending swimmers to the district and state meets.
Strengths: “I think their sense of team is one of their strongest points,” said head coach Jennifer Angelos. “They tend to hold themselves accountable and work as hard as they can. I don’t have a bunch of club swimmers, I’ve got a huge group of guys who just want to get better.”
Focus: “One of the exciting things, especially with the returning veterans, it’s being able to amp up what we do in practice so that they can reach a different level,” said the coach. “We’ll see, I don’t know if they will, but I know that their heart wants to be there. Obviously with the new guys, it’s really fun to take them from not being able to put their heads in the water to look, they’ll swimming hard after two weeks. If we don’t do anything else here, one of our big goals is to get guys who haven’t been, to be water safe in the Pacific Northwest.”
Seniors: The team’s 11 seniors this season include Josue Angeles, Chris Cuellar, Joseph Spath, Simon Nazarchuk, Juan Cruz-Estrada, Andre Robledo, Jose Irizarry, Spencer Anderson, Sinisha Stankovic, Ian Galope and Isaiah Marshall.
Josue Angeles said he’s excited for the season and to see the program grow.
“I’d like to see more guys at districts and a couple make it at state,” he said of his goals for the team this year.
Meets to watch: Cascade, Everett
“It’s always been fun to be evenly matched. Anyone who is evenly matched is OK,” said the coach.
The Marauders will face Cascade at home in the first meet of the season on Thursday, Dec. 12 at Kamiak High School, and will take on Everett on Jan. 9.