With the boys swimming season underway, here are five boys who will be making waves.
Now a Delta junior, Torres won the 50-yard freestyle at the sectional last season and advanced into the finals at state. He finished second in the sectional in the 100 fly, falling to Central’s Cullen Tyler by less than two-tenths of a second. “He’s versatile and we can pretty much put him anywhere and know he’ll be good,” Delta coach Laura Seibold-Caudill said. “He’s a hard worker, a true leader and a very talented athlete.” Torres also competed on the 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams that won sectional titles and will help lead those squads again this season.
Tucker entered his junior year with Delta as one of the Eagles’ top swimmers. Last season, he was on the sectional-winning 400 free relay team with Torres. He also finished third in the 200 free and second in the 500 free at the Jay County Sectional. “He’s one of the best leaders that I’ve got,” Seibold-Caudill said. “He’s one of those who takes time out of his schedule to cheer on everybody. He cares about everybody else more than he cares about himself.” He’ll be called on to take more of a leadership role this season, with the graduation of Josh Minch and John Hart. “He’s got the ability to be a leader, and it shows with how much time he dedicates to the other swimmers,” Seibold-Caudill said.
Central’s Bradford is back for his junior year, looking for another shot at state. Last season, he won the 300 IM by .02 seconds and was part of the winning 200 medley relay team, while also finishing third in 100 free. With a couple years of high school swimming under his belt, Bradford wants to break the 100 fly and 200 IM records shown on the wall of the Central natatorium. “I’ve done just about every sport there is to do around here,” Bradford said. “I’ve been around water and swimming since I was probably around six months old.”
Now a senior, Anacker is one of Delta’s most seasoned swimmers. He took third place in the 500 free at the sectional last season, along with fourth place in the 200 IM. “He can do basically anything out there,” Seibold-Caudill said. “We can put him in the freestyle, the IM, backstroke, the distance, he’s a very good leader and he has a really good time out there.” Anacker also competed on the 200 medley relay last season, and looks to make his first appearance at state this year.
Vormohr returns for his senior season at Jay County. Last year, he took first at the sectional in the 100 free while finishing sixth in the 200 IM. He’s another swimmer from a family that has had success in the sport, including his sisters Anne (a senior at Jay County) and Cori (a former Ball State swimmer).
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