from today's Waukesha Freeman -
Crusaders dealing with small roster
Coaches working with girls individually
- Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – Christine Solberg is trying to finetune the work her swimmers are doing. In her second season coaching the Catholic Memorial High School girls swimming and diving team, Solberg doesn’t have many athletes to teach during a practice.
But a small roster might be beneficial to the Crusaders.
“We don’t have strength in numbers, but the small size can keep us focused on good teamwork and building one another up during practices,” Solberg said. “I look forward to good practice sessions, lots of good teamwork and maybe a couple good relays at dual meets.”
Nick Doyle joined the team as an assistant coach this season.
“I look forward to partnering with him and giving it our best shot,” Solberg said. “We’re new at coaching together, but the first week went well.
“We’re focusing on the girls individually. The other day we both took a few lanes and everybody was getting a lot of attention. It’s not all bad being a small team.”
Mary Kate Berens, Memorial’s lone state representative at state last year, has graduated, but the Crusaders return everyone else who swam at the sectional level.
Senior Molly Wetzel will swim the sprint freestyles, senior Andrea Edwards likely will focus on the breaststroke and junior Lauren Rein made considerable improvements on her 200 and 500 freestyle times last year. Solberg also sees sophomore Emily Berens making a big jump in her second season, Solberg said.
Freshman Sarah Brisco has a club background and looked good early in the training season.
“I look forward to seeing what she can do,” Solberg said. “She has a lot of experience beyond the high school season.”
Solberg said the roster size is in the low teens, and while team goals might be light, she has some individual hopes for the season.
“I would like to see a state qualifier or two,” Solberg said. “We had some girls who were close, and if they put in the work and we work on some stroke techniques, we might have a chance for some state qualifiers.”