By Michael Norville ’15 &
Alec Vick ’15
A new season begins for the Brophy swim team after a 24th straight state title win last year.
Swimmers are excited for another potential title this season, said swimming coach Mr. Pat O’Neill.
The team started off its season at a dual meet against Hamilton, Thursday, Aug. 30 at the Phoenix Swim Club.
The Broncos won the meet against Hamilton with a score of 107-73, without their diving team able to perform.
However, Brophy Athletic Director Mr. John Chambers said the team recently had to forfeit three swim matches, including this win.
“Brophy forfeited three swim matches, one with Hamilton, one with Red Mountain and one with Desert Vista, due to an ineligible swimmer,” he said.
Mr. Chambers added the forfeited matches should not impact power rankings because dual meets do not impact how swimmers qualify for the state tournament.
Mr. O’Neill said there are several swimmers on the team that really worked hard in the off season.
Mr. O’Neill also said the team has a chance at state title with a couple relays and individuals that show great potential.
“We are really trying to get some of the alumni swimmers and divers and coaches involved with us a little bit; because 25 years, it’s just, it’s very exciting,” Mr. O’Neill said.
“We would like to see as many people as we can at the swim meets. Go Brophy,” said Brophy senior and swim captain Theodore Decker ’13.
The team brings back nine out of their 18 state swimmers, but they also lose nine.
The Broncos also have many goals in mind going into the season, like having a Brophy swimmer win every event at state, and getting a couple state records in their as well.
“We are aiming to break all the relay records at state, and hopefully have three to four swimmers in finals at state,” said Brophy senior and swim captain Luke Williams ’13.