So where does the Skyline swimming and diving team go from here? Well, they are standing at the pinnacle as the defending Division 1 state champions so they certainly can’t go any higher.
The Eagles certainly enjoyed the view from the top after winning the D-1 state title last year at EMU by a wide margin. Staying there will be challenging for a team that lost some key swimmers and will have the best in the state lining up to knock them off the block.
The Eagles went 11-0 last year and also were SEC champions. Coach Mo-Jo Murrett, who was named Coach of the Year last year in just her second season as the head coach, does have some experience and talent back in the water for 2018-19.
Leading the way is senior diver Henry Shirmer. Last year as a junior, Schirmer defended his state title by taking first place with a final score of 503.85 points. Schirmer improved on his sophomore score of 470.15. He will be taking aim this season at the all-time state record of 528.45 set in 2015.
Also back is senior Keith Kozma. Last year as a junior, Kozma was eighth in the 500 free in 4:42.81 and 15th in the 200 free in 1:45.21 in the 200 free at the state finals.
Other top returners include seniors Kyle Tschannen (free and fly) and Ben Keith (fly, distance).
The Eagles fly in a new and impressive freshman class led by Ben Kurniawan,
Matthew Lee, Owen Schadler, Evan McKelvey and Ben Deininger.
“Our team strengths will be freestyles, relays and diving,” says Murrett. “We will need to work on breaststroke and sprints. The keys will be working together as a team and having our depth swimmers becoming more of a force.”
The Eagles first meet is the Warrior Relays on Dec. 15. The first home meet is Jan. 10 against Monroe.