The Fraser boys swim team has returned to the water in preparation for the upcoming season, and finishing among the top five teams in Macomb County is one of the primary goals coach Bob Ogilvy has for the program.
Having a large roster can go a long way toward accomplishing that goal, and it appears the Ramblers will have just that when they open their season at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Warren Woods Tower Relays at Tower.
According to Ogilvy, Fraser will be taking to the water with approximately 38 swimmers, as compared to a roster size that he said is typically somewhere in the mid-20s. An increase of that proportion could turn out to be a significant strength for Fraser.
“We may not have a superstar on the team, but we definitely have some really good bnc (bench) swimmers,” he said. “Our bnc swimmers, I think, are as good, or better, than a lot of teams’. Our depth in each event is what I think our strength is. We have a lot of guys, so we can fill in all the lanes, and we can do it with some talent.”
Being one of the elite teams in Macomb County isn’t Ogilvy’s only goal. Last season, Fraser finished second to Utica Ford in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.
According to Ogilvy, the program hasn’t captured any kind of title since winning the Macomb County Swimming and Diving Championships in 2004, and he would like to change that.
“Our goal is to compete for a MAC White title,” he said. “We lost one dual meet last year (to Utica Ford), so it would be hard to improve on that kind of season. Last year was a great success for us. We want to be in the race for the MAC White Division championship. We definitely think we can be there.”
One of the teams on Fraser’s schedule is Chippewa Valley, which won last season’s Macomb County title, and Ogilvy believes that will be a good gauge to find out where the program stands. As of now, he thinks his team has enough talent to compete in every meet it participates in.
And although eight swimmers graduated from last year’s squad, Fraser does return junior Hunter Greene, who made the state cut in the 500 freestyle last March.
What Ogilvy hopes it adds up to is a team that can hold its own in the MAC White.
“I think the MAC White will be very close,” he said. “I think there’s outstanding swimmers on every team in the MAC White. There is not a team in the MAC White that could not compete in any event. It’s going to make for an interesting season.”