COACH: Mandy Schneider (2nd season)
LAST YEAR: The Wizards went 5-1 in dual meets in the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference with their only loss to Estes Park. Madison Evans and Aleksy Waterman are the two returning swimmers who competed at the state meet last season.
KEY SWIMMERS: Madison Evans, sr.; Aleksy Waterman, so.; Kaiti Roush, sr.; Lacey Whitehead, fr.
DID YOU KNOW? Windsor veteran swimming coach Kevin Scott, who assisted Schneider last year, won’t be on the deck for the first time in more than 20 years. Scott decided to retire from coaching the girls. Scott will still coach the Windsor boys in the spring. Schneider has a new coaching staff this season. Melissa Lucero and JJ Smith, both former swimmers at the University of Northern Colorado, and diving coach Ashley Steranka will be assisting Schneider this year. “They have some great ideas, and some good ways of coaching,” Schneider said. “They’ve done a great job with the girls so far, and the girls seem to be responding to them really well and liking them.”
SCHNEIDER’S COMMENTS: “We have 31 girls out, and we have a good crew of freshmen. The crew of freshmen seem to be pretty dedicated, and they seem to be pretty strong so far. It should help us out team point-wise quite a bit. It’s nice to have that good base coming so you know you’ll be strong in years to come. (Evans) has been swimming forever. She’s a very strong swimmer, and she’s a very dedicated swimmer. When she gets in the water, she leads by example. She makes sure that people are following sets, and she does a great job of just making sure that people are doing what they need to be doing to become stronger swimmers. (Waterman) swam this summer which is really good. She had a lot of good success swimming this summer. As long as she can get over a shoulder injury, we’ll be looking good. She’s a strong swimmer, and I think she can be a real asset to our team as long as she can overcome that shoulder injury. Kaiti Roush decided to take last year off, however she’s come back really strong. She’s a really good leader in the pool, as well. She just does a great job of making sure that people feel comfortable in the water. She does a good job of kind of cheering the girls on, and making sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing. She also makes sure that nobody ever cheats on anything, which is nice.”
SEASON OUTLOOK: Schneider said she is really excited for this season. She said the team has a lot of depth, and the Wizards can be a strong team if they continue swimming the way they’ve been practicing. Evans and Waterman will be the keys for the Wizards during the season and at the state meet.
FIRST MEET: The Wizards competed in the Valley Viking Invite this past Friday and Saturday.
— T.M. Fasano