Metro high school girls swimming preview capsules
Coach: Pat Anderson (22nd season)
Last season: Fourth in Class 2A, Section 8
Who's gone: Lexi Dauner, Andrea Lee, Sophie Sather and Katelin Winter
Key returners: Kebrah Dyer, Sr.; Tristan Gentry, Sr.; Catherine Pederson, Sr.; Emmy Seljevold, Sr.; Katie Staiger, Sr.
Coach's comments: "Historical 2017 swimming and diving season. Great finish at sections, two state qualifiers, lots of records broken. We lost a lot of varsity points from last season and will look to a young team to fill in and make a difference this season. We are a young team with lots of underclassmen. It will be a fun season building our team and filling in the holes from girls that have moved on and will be missed."
Coach: Krystle Leidholm (fifth season)
Last season: Eastern Dakota Conference champions, second at state
Who's gone: Jada Crane, Paige Hennebry, Morgan Vareberg and Katelynn Smith-Sjurseth.
Key returners: Gracie Lingle, Jr.; Regan Wical, Jr.; Greta Ivesdal, Jr.; Vivianne Soforenko, Jr.; Mya Winjum, Jr.; Isabelle Chambers, Jr.; Madison Hischer, Fr.
Coach's comments: "We are lower in numbers this year, but we still have a lot of athletes that will compete very well this year. We have gained a lot of new faces to the team, and I am excited to see what this season and the following seasons will bring."
Coach: Talie Butery (14th season)
Last season: Ninth at state
Who's gone: Anna Astrup and Alex Rasmussen
Key returners: Megan Manly, Sr.; Lydia Smith, Sr.; Teegan Nordstrom, Jr.; Ella Walen, Jr.; Avery Tollefson, So.; Olivia Gefroh, eighth grade
Coach's comments: "We are looking forward to watching our team settle into their new roles this season. We have some experienced athletes that will lead our new athletes to what promises to be a season of exciting growth."
Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove
Coach: Sarah Floyd (fifth season)
Who's gone: Peyton Ekman.
Key returners: Libby Brock, Sr.; Danielle Heckaman, So.; Liz Dabbert, So..; Sophia Welsand, Fr.; Olivia Johnson, Fr.
Coach's comments: "Our young team has finally caught up with us and I think we will be able to get more girls to state this year and be a little more competitive."
Coach: Skip Fisher (10th season)
Last season: Seventh at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, 10th at state
Who's gone: Lauren Ostlie, Kacie Iverson, Katie Morrau and Hannah Morton
Key returners: Sydney Quibell, So.; Katie Iverson, Fr.; Kiernan Darling, So.; Mackenzie Rhode, Jr.; Avery Myers, Jr.; Mikaya Owens, Jr.; Sarah Jabens, Sr.; Sarah Wahl, So.; Jaiden Nystrom, So.; Hallie Vareberg, Jr.; Sierra Martin, eighth grade
Coach's comments: "We had an outstanding conclusion to our season last year, and with a great core group returning, we are looking forward to building on that success."
Coach: Ronnie Hehn (first season)
Last season: Fifth place at state
Who's gone: Mariah Heise
Key returners: Jillian Hjelden, Sr.; Kaytlyn Salter, Sr.; Sophie Weisz, Sr.
Coach's comments: "We have plenty of kids who are up and coming. Liv Hettinger is a freshman with very good potential to be a state champion. Hannah Potter is an eighth-grader who is another blue-chip athlete."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Erich Richardson (fourth season)
Last season: Third place at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, sixth place at state
Who's gone: Johanna Jones
Key returners: Madi Yonke, Jr.; Greta Bellas, Fr.; Tierney Howell, eighth grade; Abby Triplett, So.; Breanna Triplett, eighth grade; Breanna Lund, So.; Lydia Lindgren, So.
Coach's comments: "We continue to be a young team that keeps getting better. The large majority of our girls swim year-round, which means that we can hit the ground running with our season. We have high goals and plans for the season, and the girls are very confident this year to make Sheyenne a household name in the swimming community."