Swim team competes at State without head coach

Seniors Chase Lansing, Creighton DeYoung, junior Chris “Pickle” Haskenhoff and freshman Trey Bickhaus get together after the State meet. Photo from Jordan Glad.

Kevin Killeen

Despite losing its head coach, Dan Broshears, to a ruptured appendix, the men’s swim team was still able to compete in seven events in this year’s State meet on Nov. 9.

Seniors Creighton DeYoung, Chase Lansing, junior Chris “Pickle” Haskenhoff, sophomore Carter Kinstler and freshman Trey Bickhaus all qualified as the team competed in the 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays. Deyoung qualified individually for the 100 free and Kinstler qualified individually for the 100, 200 and 500 free.

“I think we had a pretty great season; a lot of team work involved, and we accomplished a lot. It was a fun year,” said Lansing.

However, as Broshears ended up leaving midway through the playoffs because of medical reasons, the team had build momentum on its own and unite under the leadership of a new coach — women’s head soccer coach, Chris Allen — who had never coached swimming before.

“I learned to say ‘move!’” said Allen. “It was a unique experience.”

Broshears is still recovering from his ruptured appendix and is experiencing some “minor complications.” However, he plans on returning to coach next year.

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