Young Starpoint swimmers still enjoying success this season
Despite having 20 of the 37 swimmers on the roster in ninth or 10th grade, the Spartans have shown an ability to compete with anyone on the schedule.
“I have a really young team that keeps moving along,” Starpoint coach Tim Menges said. “Everyone’s improving and that’s what we want to see."
The 27-man roster includes just two seniors and five juniors. But those guys have done their job in leading the younger swimmers.
Senior A.J. Joslin is a standout in the backstroke among other events and classmate Bobby Adams has also shown leadership abilities in and out of the pool.
The junior class includes Alec Toth, Robert, Ben Chatley, Andrew Mattina and Jonathan Frey.
Starpoint won four of its first six dual meets to start the season. And the times keep getting lower making the expectations for later in the season even higher.
“We’re getting better every day,” Joslin said after a 96-93 dual meet win over West Seneca West in early January. “I think we’ll pull through by the end of the year.”
By February, Starpoint expects to be swimming at its best. The class championships are Feb. 8 and 9 at Maryvale High School, the sectional tourney is Feb. 15 and 16 at Clarence High School and states are Feb. 28 through March 2 at Section V’s Webster High School.
“The end game is to get them to those championship meets and have them hit their best meets by then,” Menges said.
As far as individual success at the big meets, the Spartans have some big standards to follow. Last season, record-setting swimmer Matt Schutt, who took second in the 100-yard breaststroke as a senior.
Several Spartans have a chance to make some noise this season as well, Menges said, led by Toth, Luckman and Joslin.