STORM LAKE - The Storm Lake High School girls' swim team, which also includes a few Cherokee girls, is busy preparing for the 2008 season, according to Coach Roger Peterson.
The team is not affiliated with any conference, and last season posted a 1-12 mark.
Captains for the 2008 squad will be seniors Sophia Haselhoff of Cherokee, Laura McDowell and Erin Tucker. Haselhoff is described by Peterson as "a fine free styler and strong in the breaststroke, but also very proficient in the backstroke and butterfly." McDowell, he says, "is a great example of one who leads by hard work and desire." McDowell swims a variety of both short and long races. Erin Tucker "leads the team in almost all categories," said Peterson, "with freestyle and backstroke as her real strength."
Juniors on the squad include Jenna Harms, who will compete in the freestyle or butterfly events; Mary Mooney swims the breast stroke and 500 meter freestyle; and Paige Stieneke of Cherokee is described as "very competitive in the freestyle and very capable in all other strokes."
The juniors and seniors, Peterson feels, have the opportunity and ability to do great things, maybe even set a record or two.
Returning sophomores include Elizabeth Eller (all strokes), Stacey Stark (freestyle), Bobbi Jo Staton (all strokes), Jessica Steele (freestyle, backstroke), and Courtney Hewitt. Senior Ashley Scuffum is out for the team for the first time and Peterson feels she will certainly help the team. Sophomore Cassy Hill is another newcomer to the team.
Seven freshman girls are also on the team, and bring a "large variety of talent and desire" to the team mix, said the coach.
Brianna Fowler of Cherokee has been impressive in the back stroke; Lindsay Hall (freestyle); Danica Mosley, Alyssa Salem, Jodi Wendt and Anna Wulfekuhler "have the ability to do very well in almost any of the strokes and races," said Peterson, and he added that the seventh freshman, Katie Sambrano of Cherokee, "shows promise in the butterfly stroke.
In summary, Peterson said "With 13 sophomores and freshmen, we are very young. If we can stay away from injuries and work hard, we can become more competitive and have many personal bests. How fast our girls mature and get in shape will determine how well we will do. We hope we can 'jump up the ladder' and become more competitive - even to the point of winning many events and attacking some school records."
The team's first meet will be Tuesday September 9th, when they compete in the East Sioux City Pentathlon meet, starting at 4 p.m.
The remainder of the schedule:
Sat. Sept. 13 - Ames Invitational, 11:30 a.m.
Tues. Sept. 23 - Sioux City East Dual Meet - there, 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 27 - Des Moines North, there - time to be announced
Thurs. Oct. 2- Spencer and Algona at Storm Lake (Parents' Night) - 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 7- Carroll and Boone at Carroll - 6 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 9 - Sioux City Metro at North Sioux City - 4:30 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 13 - Spencer and Algona at Spencer - 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 21 - Sioux City Metro and Spencer at Spencer - 6 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 1 - District Meets - time and location to be announced
Sat. Nov. 8 - State Meet - time and location to be announced