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This year’s swim team is one for the books. With a record amount of swimmers on this year’s roster, it is expected for them to place top three at state this February. With roughly 50 swimmers, and Hellgate losing some of their top seniors, Sentinel has bumped themselves up to one of the top teams of Montana Swimming.
The athletes who have been swimming for two to four years have worked hard to make their team to what it is this year.
With their first meet out of the way, and the first race jitters gone, we can hope to see great things from the Spartans this season.
This past weekend the Spartan girls took first place at the Kalispell Invite, while the boys snagged a respectable 5th.
Junior Brooklyn Leiby took first in the 50 Freestyle, Junior Caroline McCormick took second in the 200 IM, and Sophomore Alex Vatoussis took third in the 200 Freestyle.
Sentinel is looking forward to placing in the rest of the meets this season.
Head coach Helen Houlihan believes Sentinel has a shot at the top three this year.
“We have excellent relays, and good state meet experience,” she said.
In addition, Houlihan believes the new blood on the team will keep Sentinel in the running.
“We have outstanding incoming freshman for both boys and girls, and I predict Sentinel will have a top three finish at the state meet for both boys and girls.”
Missoula has one of the biggest teams in the state because we combine four schools to make one family. Sentinel, Big Sky, Loyola, and Hellgate all practice together, and all work on the guidance of Houlihan.
Senior captain Cody Carlson said, “I would like to finish the season with a smile on my face, knowing I did my best.”
Senior captain Kennedy Williamson also shed some light on what she expects for her team.
“We’ve got a lot of girls this year so we have a better chance at winning every single meet, so just hoping that we keep building momentum to State,“ said Williamso