Swimming quad at Southeast, 1.26.17

Lincoln Northeast's Chase Larson competes in the 100-yard butterfly on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Lincoln Southeast High School.

MATT RYERSON, Journal Star


Co-coaches: Norma Balogh and Jan Bidrman.

2016-17 state finishes: Boys (4th), Girls (4th).

Boys returning letterwinners: Grant Baker, sr.; Matthew Hotz, sr.; Peter Jurich, sr.; Logan McPhail, sr.; Jared Murray, sr.; Alex Petty, sr.; Adam Piro, jr.; Cael Dice, so.; Alex Provost, so.

Boys outlook: The Spartans, who won the city title last season, must replace the point production of Joshua Roh, who provided multiple top-eight finishes at state over four seasons. Petty is one of the state's top returning breaststroke swimmers, and Murray, McPhail and Baker are seniors who have state experience.

Girls returning letterwinners: Abbie Rouse, sr.; Erin Mapson, sr.; Isabelle Brundieck, sr.; Cassie Roberts, sr.; Emily Artz, sr.; Allison Harrington, sr.; Makenzie Delgado, sr.; Rayegan Kent, jr.; Payton Mayfield, jr.; Marusha Ather, jr.; Rianna Mueller, jr.; Elizabeth Jurich, sr.; Ava Winjum, so.; Claire Griffin, so.; Hayley Piippo, so.; Molly Lienemann, so.; Jillian Altmaier, so.

Girls outlook: Several contributors return, including Delgado, who finished fifth in the 500-yard freestyle at state last season, and Ather, who finished third in the 100 butterfly. Diving remains strong. Rouse, a South Dakota State recruit, is a two-time conference champion.

Lincoln High

Coach: Richard Conradt.

2016-17 state finishes: Boys (25th), Girls (21st).

Boys returning letterwinners: Trystan Canfield, sr.; Mustafa Fareed, sr.; Robert Killingsworth, sr.; Mason Mower, sr.; Matthew Schultz, sr.; Jonas Sieglaff, sr.; William Vierra, sr.; Sam Mitchell-Sturgeon, jr.; Charles Sieglaff, so.; Aaron Harris, so.

Boys outlook: The Links lost Garrett Brockman to graduation, but will look to rely on a large group of seniors.

Girls returning letterwinners: Ruby Hoffman, sr.; Colleen Arnold, jr.; Emily Smith, jr.; Jenna Levich, so.; Nella Maynard, so.; Olivia West, so.

Girls outlook: The Links return only one senior, and a large number of juniors and sophomores will be asked to help the team achieve its goals.

North Star

Coach: Jace Ahlberg.

2016-17 state finishes: Boys (26th), Girls (24th).

Boys returning letterwinners: Nathaniel Ulmer-Schmit, sr.; Ahmed Al Mafrachi, sr.; Xander Schmit, jr.; Tristan Stroup, jr.; Tyler Akins, so.

Boys outlook: The Navigators are a young team, but most swimmers are capable of competing in multiple events.

Girls returning letterwinners: Dulce Jimenez, sr.; Mac Morse, jr.; Jessica Gardner, jr.; Miranda Roth, so.

Girls outlook: The Navigators will rely on a young group. Gardner, a standout pole vaulter, finished ninth at state diving last season.


Coach: Kyle Hunt.

2016-17 state finishes: Boys (18th).

Boys returning letterwinners: Garrett Darnall, sr.; Jason Eppens, sr.; Aaron Haeffner, sr.; Jacob Hawkins, sr.; Jack Klingenberg, sr.; Chase Larson, sr.; Evan Cornwell, jr.; Quinn Keller, jr.; Thomas Brennan, jr.; Caden Feit, so.; Mason Kozak, so.; Mason Montgomery, so.

Boys outlook: Larson, a five-time state medalist, is among the top swimmers in the city, and Hawkins is school record-holder in the 100 backstroke. Haeffner is the reigning HAC diving champion.

Girls returning letterwinners: Mya Bahm, sr.; Amy Carlson, sr.; Hailey Davidson, sr.; Taylor Swenson, sr.; Annaliese Kohrell, jr.; Meg Upah, jr.; Lily Uhlman, jr; Mychaela Cook, so.; Kyana Hubbard, so.; Kali Burham, so.

Girls outlook: Four seniors look to lead the way. The Rockets also have some potential with the incoming freshmen, including divers Megan Haeffner and Macy Clare Mertes.

Pius X

Coach: Mike Witt.

2016-17 state finishes: Boys (3rd), Girls (3rd).

Boys returning letterwinners: John Liliedahl, sr.; Joe Pynes, sr.; Marco Batres, sr.; Jordan Coffey, jr.; Crispin Corpuz, jr.; Logan Kempf, so.; Ethan Newland, so.; Braden Kowalski, so.

Boys outlook: The Thunderbolts have continued to climb the state standings. Liliedahl, Pynes, Newland, Coffey and Corpuz were key contributors last season, and Kowalski is coming off a third-place finish at state diving.

Girls returning letterwinners: Caroline Theil, sr.; Ally Becker, sr.; Morgan Heasty, sr.; Abigail Mitchell, jr.; Charlotte Welsh, jr.; Katie Stonehocker, so.; Olivia Theil, so.; Kara Owens, so.

Girls outlook: Caroline Theil, a Texas A&M recruit and a four-time state champion, is off to a strong start. Stonehocker leads a talented group of sophomores that includes Kara Owens and Caroline's sister Olivia.


Coach: Brett Ruoff.

2016-17 state finishes: Boys (19th), Girls (9th).

Boys returning letterwinners: Caden Bennett-Bice, sr.; Paul Lohnes, sr.; Brett Foster, jr.; Timur Kounikeev, jr.; Cooper McClure, so.

Boys outlook: Southeast graduated a large senior class last season, so the Knights will rely heavily on a talented freshman class, as well as some upperclassmen additions.

Girls returning letterwinners: Maggy Mantonya, jr.; Averie Frye, jr.; Kennedy Carlson, so.; Abby Ertz, so.; Sydney Allison, so.

Girls outlook: The Knights look to rely on a solid core of young swimmers. Three members return from last year's 200 medley relay team, which placed second at state. Southeast also has a large freshman class.


Coach: Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt.

2016-17 state finishes: Boys (8th), Girls (1st).

Boys returning letterwinners: Michael Ayars, sr.; Masen Louviere, sr.; Dylan Lambe, sr.; Hayden Brown, sr.; Chas Nolte, jr.; Jackson Appleget, so.

Boys outlook: The Silver Hawks must replace Nolan Reid and will rely heavily on underclassmen. Senior Ben Dorsey provides a big boost after missing last season with a concussion.

Girls returning letterwinners: Alana Palmer, sr.; Shelby Mullendore, sr.; Kaitlyn Witt, sr.; Josie Ford, sr.; Gator Lunzmann, sr.; Berkeley Livingston, jr.; Anna Heinrich, jr.; Aleni Stoakes, jr.; Marti Walstad, so.; Esme Sipp, so.; Reanne Reida, so.

Girls outlook: The two-time defending champs graduated a bunch of points, but the Silver Hawks remain stocked in talent. Palmer (Wisconsin), Mullendore (San Jose State) and Witt (Kansas) are Division I recruits, and Livingston won a 500 free state title last season.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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