Colt swim team young but hoping to do well

The 2016-17 Colt and Lady Colt Swim teams.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

CtSwimNavBarGraphic2_000_002_002The Colt swim team only has three returners from last year’s squad, but two qualified for state last year, and coach Jan Olesinski has high hopes for his crop of young freshmen and sophomores.

”We have an almost totally new team this year,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “I have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, but while they don’t have a lot of swimming experience, maybe there’s a surprise in there.”

LCSwimNavBarGraphicThe returners include brother and sister Juan and Tamara Flynn, a junior and senior, and sophomore Ryan Cuellar.

“I hope they perform better than last year,” the coach said.

The Flynns qualified for state, but only Tamara went, having a tough day, finishing 17th in the 100-yard freestyle and 19th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Emily LoCasio broke a school record in the breaststroke at state, and Olesinski is hoping Tamara can do the same this year.

“I hope she gets this record; it will be great if her and her brother go to state,” he said. “Other kids will try to get better and better, so you never know.”

Flynn, sophomore Jasmine Roy and freshmen Morgan Brook make up the small girls’ team. The big crop of boys includes five from the cross country squad: senior Byron Mitchell, sophomore Ryan Cuellar, and freshmen Nathan DeLaCerda, Laurence Miles, and Jeremy Piñon.

The remainder of the boys team includes seniors Jeremy Torres and Charlie Ryan; junior Garrett Peery; sophomores Robert Boyles, Josedaniel Huereca, Gunnar Schwab and David Stegall; and freshman Francis Ikard.

All the newcomers are an unknown quantity, but Olesinski is thinking positive.

“I’m excited. Not about winning about seeing them improve as the season goes on,” he said. “I think maybe some of the kids will start to swim well, and maybe we’ll have some luck with the relays.”

The Colts head out to their first meet Saturday, the Tori’s Invitational in Hobbs. Olesinski said it will be a chance for all his swimmers to get their feet wet, so to speak.

“This is our starting point,” he said.” All the freshmen who have never swam before will be in their first meet. I want to take everybody and even if they finish last, I don’t care. They’ll go and start.”

NMMI then has three meets in January before the District 3 meet Feb. 4 back in Hobbs, and the state meet in Albuquerque Feb. 17-18.

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