New era begins for Braves swim team
Preston Williams was happy on Thursday just to see the Braves get their feet wet.
The Bonner Springs boys swimming coach said his team had only 11 practices before its dual with Shawnee Mission West and Leavenworth.
The Braves lost 82-15 to Shawnee Mission West and fell 56-32 to Leavenworth. Williams didn’t time any of his swimmers in practice because he wanted to have them as conditioned as possible, but he still sees it as a problem.
He also wanted to have them work on some of the basics. He said that relay starts and turns off the walls were a big problem. Also, not dolphin-kicking out of the flip turns is something they need to improve.
“I have some kids that I think will be some good swimmers, they just need to get that endurance and get them conditioned,” Williams said. “We’re spending a lot of time conditioning, doing crossfit workouts — a lot of core. We’re going to get them in good shape.
“With the boys, I don’t have any year-round swimmers. The ones that ran cross-country are definitely in better shape right now.”
The Braves have done a bit of running and have been doing about 4,000-yard practices.
“Our boys definitely tried hard,” Williams said. “I’ve got a few kids I felt did really well. It’s a place to start for sure.”
He said Thomas Hook, Jacob Kraus and Sam Nelson swam well. He also said freshman Griffin Mareske swam well, too.
“Griffin is a really great kid and he’s so strong,” Williams said. “I think he’s going to be a really good swimmer.”
BSHS returned to competition Wednesday at home. Visit bonnersprings.com for results.