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Boys Swimming & Diving

2023-24 Season Review

The Roncalli boys swimming & diving team knew they had their work cutout for them from the beginning, as only three team members were returning from last year. The team finished with a 4-7 record, but the seniors passed on experience and leadership to the younger swimmers that will pay dividends in the years ahead. Senior captain Joe Fought really did a great job helping some of the new swimmers with making sure they understood expectations going into each meet. Joe was not only a great leader for the Royals, but he was a successful competitor for the team. Fought placed 1st in the 100 fly at the Circle City Conference meet, followed by sophomore Ben McGaha placing 2nd in the same event! This earned both boys a spot on the All-Conference team…not to mention this was the first time since 2021 that a Roncalli Royal swimmer had taken home first place in an event at conference. 

Coach Curtis Cox R’07 had a lot to be proud of with his young team this season, “I like to teach my swimmers to focus on the controllables, and ignore the uncontrollables. What other teams do and how fast they go is something we cannot control.  As a coach, the number one thing for me to judge the success of a team is the percentage of best times at our target meets. Specifically, I like to see how many best times did our team get at the end of the season at sectionals.  In those terms of percentages, this is one of the best teams I have been a part of in my seven seasons coaching Roncalli.  Twenty-eight of our 32 swims were best times at sectionals…that is 88%, which is really incredible for a whole team to come together and swim at their peak performance all at the same time!  What was even more rare is once a swimmer does their best time during prelims, swimming as fast as they can to try and make top 8 or top 16, it is so difficult to come back and swim even faster in the same event during finals.  After going 18 of 21 best times during prelims, we came back during finals and had an even higher percentage of best times, 10 out of 11 swims were best times. As a coach, I cannot ask for anything better than that. I am proud that the athletes knew everyone was getting their best times and they supported each other and fed off of each other’s successes.” 

Notable Roncalli awards for the season included Joe Fought being named the MVP, junior Ben Kruse was given the Mental Attitude Award, the Leadership Award went to Ben McGaha and junior Roman Salcedo earned the Sportsmanship Award.