By Annabelle Zhou,
The Davis High swim team is prepared to dive into the new season with a new coaching staff: Paul Dailey, John Varley and Nicki Moureaux. After the 2015 men’s and women’s squads fell to Granite Bay, the team is looking for revenge.
The team boasts rising star and freshman Zoe Cosgrove, who could potentially fill the void left by graduated individual medley star Emma Barksdale. Olympic Trials qualifier and senior Chenoa Devine will also return to the pool for the final time.
Senior Ben Culberson qualified for the section finals in the 500-meter freestyle last year and figures to be a strong contender; sophomore RuiQuin Sun is also an emerging freestyle threat.
Despite losing the league title last year, Devine thinks “leagues will be a slam dunk” for this year’s team.
“[Two years] before, we won, so we’re looking forward to a strong performance again this year,” Culberson added.
Dailey, unfamiliar with his new team’s abilities, isn’t quite as confident as the athletes yet.
“In terms of competition, our primary focus is on the Delta League Championship in April,” Dailey said. “We are in the same league as Jesuit and Saint Francis, so this will be an extremely competitive meet.”
Many swimmers have been training hard year-round with the Davis Arden Racing Team, Aquamonsters or the Davis Water Polo Club in preparation for the season.
This year, there were no tryouts and the team was open to everyone. Dailey says the sport is not just about competition, but the experience as well.
“The best part of swimming for me was spending time with my teammates and working together towards the team goal of a league and section title,” he said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help grow these athletes and help them improve their swimming as much as possible, no matter how much experience they have in the sport.”