Metro high school boys swimming preview capsules
Coach: Anneliesse Bruns (fourth season)
Last season: fourth place in the sections, state qualifier Brian Hoffman
Who's gone: Adam Altendorf, Alex Dougherty, Chris Harlicker, Brian Hoffman, Reed Schneider
Key returners: Erik Dougherty, Jr.; Riley Larson, Sr.; Ethan Lemke, Jr.; Shane Williams, Sr.
Coach's comments: "We are looking to build on a great season last year and our highest team placing at the section championships in quite awhile. We have several key returners that placed top eight last year and are looking to improve. Excited for the entire team to continue growing and working hard."
Coach: Jennifer Johnson (seventh season)
Last season: fifth at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, 10th at state meet
Who's gone: Casey Diers, Sr.; Neelay Patel, Sr.; Hunter Scheel, Sr.
Key returners: Danny Poynter, Luke Haldis, Levi Wagner
Coach's comments: "We have a solid program, but are looking to see growth from our guys and continued improvement, so that they are more competitive as a team. There are also a lot of younger guys on our program, who we will be looking at to see them step up and compete in events where we have fewer athletes."
Coach: Richard Fisher (28th season)
Last season: 9-0, first at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, third at state meet
Who's gone: Martin Altenburg, Ian Berg, Gabe Crommett, Mitchell Dahl, David Dowdell (all-state), Coghlan Fisher (all-state), Delton Gabel (all-state), Shaun Mengelkoch (all-state), Ben Swenson (all-state), Matthew Smith
Key returners: Caden Boutwell, Jr.; Mitchell Dummer, So.; Peyton Fisher, So.; Payton Gabel, Jr.; Sam Roehl, Sr.; Isaiah Skiple, Sr.; Matthew Sullivan, Sr.
Coach's comments: "We graduated a lot of points from last year's team. We are looking forward to having new people move into new spots and compete. We have a lot to learn, but we seem to be a quality group that is willing to put in the necessary good work."
Coach: Pat Anderson (ninth season)
Last season: second at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, sixth at state meet
Who's gone: Josh Olson, Max Rokke, Alessandro Sassi, Bob Sickels, Thomas Smallarz
Key returners: Luke Bergstrom, Sr.; Anthony Hollingsworth, So.; Connor Johnson, So.; Jack Mehus, Jr.; Maxi Sassi, Sr.; Andy Stinar, Jr.; Nathan Thiner, So.
Coach's comments: "We are excited for the boys season to be underway. Looking forward to the journey with our team and coaching staff. The past two seasons we have lost some great guys that have graduated and there are some big shoes to fill. That is the fun part of the journey, to see who will step up and fill those shoes. We have a great group of divers that will be solid in competition and a handful of swimmers that are versatile and can move around where they are needed."
Coach: Barb Fisher and Lisa Montplaisir (first season)
Last season: fourth at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, eighth at state meet
Who's gone: Samuel Anderson, James Doyel, John Emerson, Jacob Nygaard
Key returners: Alex Walker, Sr.; TImothy Hulbert, So.; Kasey Chase, So.; Tyler Binstock, Jr.; Cooper Sahli, Jr.
Coach's comments: "We've been impressed with what our boys have been doing thus far this season," Montplaisir said. "We're really working hard and improving in the drills and techniques we've been asking them to do."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Erich Richardson (fourth season)
Last season: third at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, fifth at state meet
Who's gone: Dillon Stangeland, Jacob Frisch
Key returners: Zack Bueling, Sr.; Jacob Smit, Sr.; Ben Vetter, Sr.; Matt Kalvoda, Sr.; Braden Webb, Sr.
Coach's comments: "I think we have a really good chance of performing at the top of both the east side of the state and the state as a whole. We have 11 seniors this year, which is fantastic. Almost, if not all of them, are point scorers and high performers in almost every meet."