WaterThrashers ready for another season

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Getting ready Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Phillip Roller, of Purdy, takes a breath in between strokes at the Monett WaterThrashers first practice Tuesday morning.

The Monett WaterThrashers are ready for another exciting summer of competition.

"Our theme this year is "Splashes of Success Fill a Team with Greatness," said WaterThrashers coach Christin Janssen. "Our goal as coaches is to teach the swimmers that in swimming, as well as in life, it is the little splashes they make that will contribute to individual success and also our strength as a team.

"We want them to learn that having fun in swimming means setting goals, working hard to meet those goals and finding that it takes the dedication of everyone on our team to make up all the little splashes of success that make our team great as a whole," continued Janssen. "We anticipate having the same number of swimmers as last year, around 120."

All of the coaching staff is returning from 2011: Janssen, Brooke Chrisman, Charles LaGarce, Dan Janssen, Samantha Dohman, Tandi Glouse and Kaitlyn Schumacher.

The older swimmers have always been a great source of strength for the team.

"Some of these kids have swam over 10 summers and many are approaching that mark," said Janssen. "They love swimming and have done it so long because they are dedicated to the sport and have great parental support and dedication to the team."

This year the WaterThrashers return all but one senior boy from last season. Janssen expects great things from a group that includes Carter Huffmaster, Kurran Blamey, Tyler Bass, Phillip Roller, Zach Swearingen, Grant Oganesyan and Daniel Bryan.

"At the 2011 championships our 15-18 boys relays claimed first and second," said Janssen. "With only one graduating and four very talented boys moving up into their age group, I am very excited about the talent and depth that they have coming into the 2012 season and expect great leadership from this group of young men.

"Our girls will also see some added strength with some of the new 15-year- olds moving up to help add depth to an already very talented group of ladies." continued Janssen. "In our 13-14 age-group, both the men and women are very strong. Many of them are 14 this year so it is "their year" to be in the top in both individual events and relays, and I am excited to see them compete."

The WaterThrashers open their season at Webb City on June 2.

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