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State High Swimmers Embark on New Journey with First-Year Coach

by on December 15, 2012 6:14 AM

A closer look at the 2012-13 State College Area High School swimming teams:

Coach — Ryan Sprang, first season.

2011 record — Not available.

Strengths — “We have a lot of depth across the board both the boys and the girls. We have great senior leadership. I think we are pretty strong in every event, so I think potential-wise, it’s exciting. I think it’s going to be exciting what we can achieve this year,” first-year coach Ryan Sprang said. “But we also have a lot of young kids that have a lot of potential. We are going to see how they develop over the next four months. We are going to rely on them as well.”

Concerns — Sprang said though he doesn’t have any specific concerns for the season, as a first year coach, he knows it will take some time for the athletes to adjust. “Coming into this position for me, coming into this season, it was going to be the kids getting used to a new coach and embracing new ideas. With the high school season being so short, we didn’t have a whole lot of time to transition to get on the same page right away in order for us to be able to achieve our potential,” he said. “But so far, it’s been a couple weeks and it’s going great. I think the kids really have embraced what we are trying to do here. They are working extremely hard.”

Season Outlook — State High’s past success and current potential in the pool has Sprang exciting for the upcoming season. “The potential is there. I think they’ve had a lot of success in the past at the district level. They’ve had a lot of kids that have gone on to do incredibly well at the state level, so people know of State College High School.” Sprang hopes the team can take the success to the next level, as he has his sights set on becoming a force within the state. “I want to get these kids believing they can do extraordinary things as a team because we have the potential to do that. We have the talent. We have the kids that are willing to work hard,” he said. “It’s just a matter of thinking big now. We want to be a force on the state level. We want to be one of the best teams in the state. Then we want to be the best team in the state.”

Early Season — Sprang said he is looking forward to using early meets as a way to get to know his team even more. “I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in the pool.” He is also excited to watch his swimmers and divers take the things they learn at practice and apply them in meets. “Obviously the unique thing about the high school season is you start your first practice and the next thing you know your next meet is right around the corner. That’s where we are with our first meet (12/7) being a week from today. I’m just anxious to see how much better we can get over the next four months.”

Circle these Dates — “I’m looking forward to all the meets. All the meets are going to be fun,” Sprang said. Look for the Hershey, Cumberland Valley, District Meet and PIAA State Championship meets to be exceptional.

Sam is a correspondent for the Gazette.
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