Experience to help keep Flyers afloat during ’12 swimming, diving season

Experience to help keep Flyers afloat during 12 swimming, diving season

By Robert Chalupny

The Lindbergh High School boys’ swimming and diving team may face some challenges in 2012, but a lot of experience should help the Flyers adjust quickly.

Lindbergh head coach Tim Lombardo told the Call the experience of his team should help them have a successful season.

“We’ve got kind of an interesting mix of kids. We’ll probably be a real senior dominant team,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of kids back that were either state qualifiers or were real close to state cuts.

“I think we could have a real good season. It just depends on how kids come into shape throughout the season.”

Among several promising team members a few to watch this season are Jordan Mayer, Christian Knuepfer, Jimmy White, Drew Wegman, diver Ian Giegling and freshman Austin Mayer.

A summer off will probably be the biggest obstacle to overcome for this squad, according to Lombardo.

“We do not have a lot of kids that are club swimmers out at Lindbergh right now, so it’s just a matter of how quickly we can get in shape and get ready to race,” he said.

Versatility and experience should be the key to overcoming any challenge this year, according to the Lindbergh coach.

“We are a pretty versatile team,” Lombardo said. “We’ve got a lot of kids that can swim a lot of different events, so that part is really, really good.

“We’ve got some experience at the top end with our seniors. Like I said, we are a very junior/senior dominated team. It’s just kind of a good mix this year.”

The goal is simple, according to Lombardo, but the process is a different story.

“Our goal is always to find our way into the top 10 at state,” he said. “That’s been our goal every year. It’s going to be really difficult for us this year. We don’t have the depth at the top end that we’ve had in the past.

“That will still be our goal. It will remain our goal, and, hopefully, we can build some stuff from within and really come along with some of our young swimmers,” the Lindbergh coach continued.

“I think if we can go .500 in our dual meets this season, that would be great and then take our chances at the conference and state meets and see what we can do.”