Swim team confident about season end

By P. Erik Meyer

Photo by Hunter Churchill '12 - A Brophy swimmer dives during a team practice.
Photo by Hunter Churchill '12 - A Brophy swimmer dives during a team practice.

Brophy swimming is undefeated thus far this season, having competed in six dual meets and four invitational meets which they all won by a large margin.

Six-year Brophy swim coach Mr. Pat O’Neill coaches 48 students on the swim and dive team.

“We do have three of four Stars of the team but the fact that we are able to have the success we have is because every single one of these kids put in a tremendous amount of time and effort into swimming and diving, and we are talking thousands of hours.” Mr. O’Neill said.

This year’s team includes Chris Webb ’12 who has qualified for the Olympic trials and Michael Nelson ’12 who is close to qualifying for the trials.

“We are looking pretty good this year. We’ve got some tremendous senior leadership going into the championship meet in three weeks,” Mr. O’Neill said.

Varsity swimmer J.J. Osborn ’14 has been part of the team’s success the past two years.

“The team has performed well and won all our meets,” Osborn said.

According to Osborn, the team is exceeding expectations.

“This team is better than last years,” Osborn said. “We have worked harder this year than last year.”

Despite all the senior leadership, the team has also had contributions from the younger team members.

“I’ve had quite a few of the younger kids step up and show tremendous improvement from last year,” Mr. O’Neill said.

The team is hopeful for another championship.

“I think that when everything is said and done that this is going to be one of the top three or four teams in the history of Brophy,” said Mr. O’Neill.