Morgan Stagge, a third-year swimmer, was a sectional finalist in the backstroke. She will swim backstroke and freestyle this year. Stagge battled through a challenging soccer season, but was selected for the Indiana Elite North/South Senior game.
“She’s gone through some big adversity,” said Hawkins of Stagge. “She maintains a great attitude and great work ethic. If there’s a kid I really desire to succeed, it’s her.”
Morgan Springmeyer will swim breaststroke and has been a solid contributor on relay teams.
“She’s a fierce competitor who loves to compete and hates to lose,” said Hawkins. “If she stays consistent and works hard, I really look for her to have a great senior season.”
Valeria Martinez, a fourth-year swimmer, is a butterfly specialist.
“She’s improved over these years,” said Hawkins. “She practices hard and loves to get better. She adds a lot of energy to our team.”
Sophomore co-captain Bri Stagge has impressed Hawkins enough that he calls her the “heart and soul” of the team. Stagge, who also golfs, is swimming sprint, distance and mid-distance events this season.
“She is the workhorse of the team,” said Hawkins. “There’s not a kid who works harder or is more committed to swimming.”
Hawkins said he would not be surprised to see Stagge break four school records this season.
Also a threat to set school records is junior co-captain Molly Oesterling. Hawkins said Oesterling could break three marks.
“We’re that fast,” he said of the record-setting potential.
Two more second-year sophomores, Abby Bausback and Alli Duerstock, add veteran experience to the squad. Bausback is a backstroke swimmer and Duerstock will swim freestyle and breaststroke.
Junior Ashley Koontz returns to the Aqua Pirates as a distance freestyle swimmer.
Junior Danielle Schroeder, a three-sport athlete and standout tennis player, will swim varsity for the first time. She will swim freestyle and mid-distance.