FREMONT – Seedings aren’t always everything.
The Fremont Ross boys swim team’s 200-yard medley relay looks to prove just that.
While junior Trent Williams, freshman Tate Williams, senior Nick Hoffman and junior Hawk Smith will enter their event at the Division I state swim meet Friday as the lowest seed to qualify, the foursome believe they’re capable of being the surprise of the meet.
“Our expectations are higher,” said Ross swim assistant coach Todd Williams. “We are seeded 24 out of 24, but we left a lot on the table at the district, we can go a lot faster and our goal is to be in the top 16 and be able to come back the next night to swim.
“We have the talent and speed to do that, but we need to put it together. All four have to have really good swims.”
The relay team is entering the state meet off the strength of its record-breaking swim at the district meet. There, the squad set a new school record in the event, breaking the 15-year-old mark with a time of 1:38.75.
“It’s what we worked for all season,” said Hoffman, the lone senior on the relay. “It’s something you can’t really anticipate, you can hope for it, but you have to work all season and try your best to make it (to the state meet). I’ve never been there and as a senior it was the final shot for me.”
While the relay is the lone representative for the Ross boys team, the girls are sending a handful of athletes with podium aspirations.
Haley Fisher will swim in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, where she is seeded seventh and ninth, respectively. Meghan Moses is the No. 6 seed in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Fisher and Moses will compete in the 200 freestyle relay, seeded fifth, along with Kaity Kelly and Morgan Waggoner (sp?). Fisher, Moses and Waggoner, along with Kortni Lagrou will compete in the 400 freestyle relay, which enters as the No. 7 seed.
Ross girls swim coach Tina Moses said the experience of Fisher, Meghan Moses and Waggoner will be vital for Little Giants’ success this weekend.
“We’re really going to rely on the more-experienced swimmers,” Tina Moses said. “The three of them have been to the state meet before, they’re used to Canton. They’re also USA swimmer so they’ve been in big meets before and are used to the pressure.”