More swimmers and two years of experience will help Molalla in the water this year.

“The swim team has had two years of building a decent base,” said Coach Melissa Georgesen, who is in her third year of coaching the Indians. “This week I have had 24 students express interest in being on our team. I am excited for larger numbers to help our chances at larger meets, especially districts in February … Our focus is on developing speed across the board, allowing individuals to meet their goals and for the team to place higher at meets.”

She’s hoping three key returners will help reach those goals.

“The students who have returned look pretty good for their first few swims,” Georgesen said. “The week has been filled with stretching their swimming muscles and getting back to the grind of swimming daily.”

On the boys side, Georgesen has her eyes set on Stuart Moore.

“Moore is a returning sophomore who shows much promise in any event he chooses,” Georgesen said. “His focus will likely remain on the 500 Freestyle and the 200 Individual Medley. Moore placed high at Districts last season in the 200 IM.”

The two key returners for the girls are Kayla Watkins and Megan Penni.

“Penni and Watkins are returning seniors who have been on the team since they were freshmen,” Georgesen said. “Each of the girls specializes in Freestyle, with Penni focusing on the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle and Watkins on the 100 Freestyle and the 50 Freestyle. Each of them will remain on the Freestyle Relays, helping the girls team attain points. I am excited to see what their senior year brings.”

Molalla hosts four home meets this year. The first is on Dec. 18 and the following three are in January. All of them are at 4 p.m.

“It would mean so much to the team if community members showed up and cheered them on,” Georgesen said.

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