Individual strides expected

Just one freshman joins Greyhounds

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The swimmers for Grandview High School’s boys team include, front, Nicholas Cortez and Raymond Dawson; back left to right, Angel Morales, Nolan Monahan and Gerardo Baca.

— With just six members on the team, Grandview High School swim team coach Patrick Elerding is hoping this season will be one in which there are a lot of individual strides.

There is just one senior on the team — Nolan Monahan — who will be the team’s backstroke specialist.

“We are a pretty young team, made up mostly of sophomores and juniors,” Elerding said.

One freshman — Aiden Trevino — joined the ranks this season.

Trevino may be the team’s individual medley swimmer.

The sprint freestyle racers will be Angel Morales and Gerardo Baca. Morales is also expected to compete in the butterfly event.

Raymond Dawson will compete in the freestyle distance races and Nicholas Cortez will be specializing in the breaststroke, Elerding said.

“I am hoping with a smaller team, they will learn to rely more on one another,” he said.

Being more reliant upon each other could lead to a more cohesive relay team, Elerding said.

But, the challenge for a small team like the Greyhounds is competing against larger teams like Pullman, Cheney and Selah.

Elerding said it’s not realistic to think the team will win meets against those teams, which have anywhere between 20 and 30 swimmers. The larger teams usually have year-round competitors, as well.

The biggest goal is to have everyone competing in the District meet.

“Everyone, but Trevino, competed at Districts last year,” Elerding said.

If a relay team does well this season, there may be an appearance at the State Swim Championships, he said.



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