Despite losing a strong class, Lakeridge shouldnt miss a beat

The Lakeridge swim team lost an exceptionally strong senior class last year but that fact doesn't diminish the Pacers' expectations this year.

“We did graduate a wealth of talent but we are blessed to have a great and dedicated group to replace those kids,” co-coach Derek Abbott said.

The Lakeridge boys carry over a handful of very strong swimmers from the water polo team who make up a very strong core.

Matt Berman will be one of the team's most versatile swimmers and can compete in virtually every event.

Johnny Woodcock and Matt White will both be top freestylers for the Pacers and Aaron Reynolds will compete in the distance freestyle events and the backstroke.

Jackson Waste and Alex Schaffer are both talented in the butterfly and Schaffer will also compete in the freestyle.

“Our guys has a pretty balanced roster but isn't too deep. So we will rely on our strength and endurance,” Abbott said.

For the girls, Brenda Cha returns to lead the Pacers. Cha was a close second in the 50 freestyle last year and the 100 butterfly. She will also compete in the IM.

Noelle Foden-Vencil also returns as the team's primary distance freestyler and will also contend in the butterfly and IM.

Jordynn Canelis will compete in the backstroke and freestyle along with Rowan Hauber and Katie King should be one of the Pacers' more versatile swimmers with the ability to compete well wherever the team needs her.

“We still lack in overall depth with the girls but we should be pretty complete once the events are filled,” Abbott said.

Both teams have high goals for the season and hope to be extremely competitive in the strong TRL.

“Our expectations are to win districts for both boys and girls. We expect to put in the work and if another team in this league can beat us it is because they just have a deeper talent pool but not because they worked harder,” Abbott said.

Early in the season, Lakeridge is working on team-building and conditioning.

“We're trying to get faster and stronger by maximizing the small bit of time that we have. We want the swimmers to embrace the family atmosphere that we have here in the program,” Abbott said.

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