By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
Of the News-Times
LINCOLN CITY — After sending several individual swimmers for boys and one girl to OSAA State last year, the Taft-Lincoln City Tigers look to build off a successful 2018-19 season.
“I usually have high expectations; we will see how this season develops,” Taft boys and girls swim coach Lissa Parker said.
Barring any injuries, Taft will have a plethora of swimmers who can make a big impact this season.
Sayge Ulrich, who years ago swam age group, is returning to the swim program. Newcomer Amie Olson looks to make her mark for the Tigers this season, and Angel Moreno is versatile, doing all events.
But, there are many more for talented swimmers Parker and her staff have in the program.
“Some of our stand-out performers are Sam Cortes, Hunter Lunstedt, Samantha Halferty and Naphtali Meyer,” Parker said. “Senior Jose Luis Cortez, senior Mike Young, senior Ella Knott and juniors Dylan Barrera and Isabelle Serrato are seasoned athletes.”
Freshmen Leslie Lagunes and Mugen Evenson also show promise and will make an impact this season.
Practices started officially on Nov. 18, but many of the Taft swimmers who swim year-round have been in and out of the pool since September.
But for the others who have been in different sports, adapting to the swim season is no easy task.
“Other swim athletes that do cross country, soccer and football are still well conditioned from their other sports, but it takes a couple weeks for them to develop their endurance in the water — it’s a different animal,” Parker said.