Mlive’s Advance Newspapers recently published a preview of Byron Center’s Boys Swim & Dive season. Here are some highlights:
Influx of freshmen helps Byron Center’s numbers, after graduating three all-state swimmers
Byron Center graduated three all-state swimmers last year (Nolan Briggs, Benjamin Stolberg, and Jacob Edwards). Fortunately for the Bulldogs, they return two established all-state swimmers ready to step in to lead the way.
Jacob Grover set new school records in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke last year as a junior. Grover was runner-up at state in the breast and placed fourth in the IM. “Jacob Grover is very versatile; he has qualified for state in the 100 fly and backstroke in our first and only dual meet so far. He is developing into a key leader on a very young team,” Kimble stated.
Teagan Johnson earned all-conference honors in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke last winter. “Teagan Johnson is developing as a baseball player turned swimmer,” Kimble said. “He also will play a key leadership role on a team that is half freshmen.”
Owen Van Wyck, a junior, will again lead a capable diving contingent, while sophomores Jacob Koronkiewicz and Matthew Garbarino will also be playing key roles. Koronkiewicz has the versatility to excel in the IM and specializes in the butterfly, while Garbarino helps in the distance freestyle events.
“The strengths of the team will be in the stroke events and diving,” Kimble offered. “We are growing in numbers, but half of the team are freshmen.”