Lackey swim­mers look­ing to make a splash

Se­niors head­line a small group with Lackey swim­ming

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

As one of nu­mer­ous stu­dent-ath­letes on the squad who played a fall sport and then will play a spring sport, Lackey High School ju­nior swim­mer Calla Ziebell is look­ing for­ward to the Charg­ers up­com­ing win­ter swim sea­son.

Ziebell, who played soc­cer for the school and plans to play soft­ball again in the spring for the Charg­ers, is part of a solid group of re­turn­ing Lack- ey swim­mers look­ing to es­tab­lish per­sonal and team goals.

Last win­ter, Ziebell fin­ished fourth in the girls 200-yard in­di­vid­ual med­ley (2 minutes 45.45 sec­onds) at the Class 3A-2A-1A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships, just miss- ing a berth at the state cham­pi­onships.

“I’m al­ways look­ing to im­prove my times in the 200 IM and the 100 but- ter­fly,” Ziebell said af­ter Thurs­day’s prac­tice at Lackey. “My time at the re­gional meet last sea­son was my best for the 200 IM. I just missed the cut for states by four-tenths of a se­cond. So, my goal this year is to keep drop­ping time and make it to states.”

Last win­ter, Ziebell and team­mates Lauren Herbert, Anna Elise-Bolton and Han­nah Ker­sh­ner com­bined to qual­ify for the 3A-2A-1A state cham­pi­onships in the 200 med­ley re­lay (2:21.64), but Herbert and Bolton have since grad­u­ated. So this win­ter it will be up to se­nior Court­ney Kruch­esky and ju­nior Amelia Dud­ley to fill the void.

“You al­ways have to know who is part of the re­lay with you,” said Ziebell, who also swims for Lackey head coach Jo Proc­tor dur­ing the sum­mer with In­dian Head of the Prince-Mont Swim League. “When I swim the lead­off, I want to go out fast and try and give

the other swim­mers a chance. When I swim the an­chor, I just jump in an go as fast as I can.”

Lackey se­nior Shaun But­ler is the top re­turn­ing Charg­ers swim­mer this win­ter. Last sea- son he took third at the 3A-2A-1A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships in the 100 free, but he later won the 100 back­stroke (59.71 sec­onds) at the re­gion cham­pi­onships and fin­ished eighth (58.84) at the state cham­pi­onships.

But­ler will also be leaned on heav­ily in the 200 med­ley re­lay and the 400 free re­lay, which fin­ished se­cond and third, re­spec­tively, in the re­gional cham- pi­o­nships last win­ter. But both re­lays parted with Zachary Will and Dy­lan Will to grad­u­a­tion, so Gar­rett Batch­e­lor and R.G. Bolton will likely join But­ler and Brett Cul­hane in those events.

“Our goals are still to get back to states,” said Cul­hane, who was the kicker for the Charg­ers foot­ball team this fall and plans to play lacrosse for the school in the spring. “Ev­ery meet we just want to drop time. We grad­u­ated some good swim­mers, but we still have a good group back.”

Proc­tor, who will ac­tu­ally share the head coach­ing du­ties at Lackey with fel­low first-year coach Stephanie SanFilipo af­ter John Crawford re­lo­cated to an- other state, re­mains op­ti­mistic about this year’s squad.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about the fresh­men com­ing in,” Proc- tor said. “Most of the fresh­men swam for me in the sum­mer- time. One of my newer swim- mers is a se­nior who moved from Prince Ge­orge’s County to Charles County. We don’t have many year-round swim­mers. We have a lot of kids who com­pete in other sports, but they’re not one-sport ath­letes.”

Proc­tor noted that this year’s Charg­ers squad has sev­eral short-term and long-term goals, all of which are at­tain­able and re­volve more around phys­i­cal and men­tal con­di­tion­ing than sim­ply wins and losses in dual meets.

“There were a lot of changes this sea­son,” Proc­tor said. “We’re try­ing to keep the flow go­ing. Coach Crawford built a great pro­gram here and we’re try­ing to keep that go­ing. There are a few kids who had never played any sports be­fore. Our long-term goals are just try­ing to keep ev­ery­body healthy. The sea­son is a lit­tle bit longer, so keep­ing ev­ery­one healthy all the way through is a ma­jor goal.”

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

Lackey High School ju­nior Calla Ziebell, pic­tured here com­pet­ing in the 100 but­ter­fly last win­ter, is look­ing to earn a spot in the 3A-2A-1A state cham­pi­onships in the 100 fly and 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley this sea­son.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

Se­nior Shaun But­ler, the top re­turn­ing Charg­ers swim­mer this win­ter, will be leaned on heav­ily in the 200 med­ley re­lay and the 400 freestyle re­lay, which fin­ished se­cond and third, re­spec­tively, at the Class 3A-2A-1A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships last win­ter.

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