Every year the State College swimming and diving team seems to reload with new talent, with expectations for a District 6 team title and a pool filled with state meet qualifiers.
The 2014-15 season does not appear to be different, with a number of PIAA qualifiers returning and another strong group of Little Lions in the pool.
In all, State College has racked up 70 district crowns, incuding 36 straight seasons for the boys’ swimmers.
“Our swimmers, divers, coaches are eager to build on our many successes over the past couple of years,” State College coach Ryan Sprang said. “We are a relatively young team, but we hava a ton of potential. From day one thus far, our swimmers and divers have demonstrated a high level of focus and enthusiasm and this has allowed us to hit the ground running with our training. If we can keep this up, this will shape up to be an exciting season for our program.”
After rising to strong showings the last few seasons, Bellefonte sees a new coach take over with Serena Pfaff grabbing the reins from Lisa Newman.
Bellefonte took 15th place as a team at last spring’s PIAA Championship meet.
“This year’s team will look to build on the success of the last few years,” Pfaff said. “The team has been working hard both in and out of the pool. We have been working on technique and endurance. Being my first year with the team, I feel we are meshing well together. I am looking forward to celebrating their successes as individuals and as a team.”
Penns Valley has a small team of just two swimmers in Megan Duck and Ben Kupp, but Duck is a three-time qualifier for the District 6 meet and last year made it to the state championships in the 100 breaststroke.
“I am hoping for a repeat of last year in the breaststroke and hopefully qualifying for a second event,” Rams coach Steve Duck said. “I also have Ben Kupp swimming again this year and hope to qualify him in two events for districts.”