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October 9, 2013

Roseville girls swim coach, captains optimistic about remainder of season

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Roseville High girls swim team had a record of 1-1 in the MAC Gold at press time. Pictured is Panthers senior captain Rebecca Harris swimming the 100-yard individual medley during an Oct. 1 meet with Warren Woods Tower.

ROSEVILLE — First-year Roseville High girls swim coach Kay Drake said she wants to build a program that features swimmers who have high tenure on the team.

“You want them to come in their freshman year. If they have some experience, that’s great,” said Drake, whose team had a mark of 1-1 in the MAC Gold Division at press time.

“If they don’t (have experience), as long as they can swim, we can help them build on their strokes and help them fill in where we need them the most.”

Two swimmers who have that tenure and who have built up their skills are senior captains Demi-on Miner and Rebecca Harris. The two captains have been on the roster since their freshmen year, and they both want to go out on a high note.

“We’re looking to keep the continuity that we’ve built so far,” said Harris, who swims the 200-yard individual medley. “A lot of continuity and a strong bond can help us do well at the (MAC Gold) divisional meet.”

The MAC Gold meet will take place Nov. 9. The Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals take place Nov. 22-23 at various sites. Check www.mhsaa.com for time and date information.

Drake said she would like to use the division meet to gauge where Roseville is, compared to other teams. She said she believes the team is performing well to this point and said times continue to drop in events.

“That’s all we can hope for is that, with every meet, we get faster,” said Drake, who served as an assistant coach on the Panthers’ team in 2003. “A lot of the girls are setting personal goals. I think we’ll do pretty well at the divisional meet.”

Drake said she’s pleased with the performances of her swimmers, especially since most of the girls don’t swim year-round like swimmers at some other schools. She said the girls never complain when given reps to do in practice.

Drake also said the girls are working hard on their strokes and developing endurance, and they are very focused when they hit the water.

Miner, who swims the 100-yard butterfly, said the team wants to finish the season strong, and the seniors want to finish with some great memories. She said she wants the underclassmen on the team to come back and help establish Roseville’s program as one of the best.

“Our coaches work us really hard,” Miner said, “but we appreciate the effort. I always tell the younger girls that I was the worst swimmer on the team — now I’m a captain. It gives them hope that they can improve.”

“I would never have the determination, stamina or put in the effort I do if it weren’t for our coaches,” Harris said.

Both Miner and Harris said they want to go out with a bang and that they want to see the younger swimmers excited about doing well at events like the divisional meet.

“I want to see people medal (at the MAC Gold meet),” Harris said. “It makes us feel good as seniors, and captains, to see girls on the podium with their medals. We’re like parents.”

Roseville next hits the water for a matchup against Warren Cousino, set for 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Roseville High.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.