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Boys swimming

– Carroll appears to have some talented individuals, and Homestead has the depth.

The Chargers return strong swimmers from last year while NHC champion Homestead doesn’t have the superstar of the past but is balanced and talented.

The SAC was ruled again by Snider, which looks to defend its SAC championship this season.

Here’s a look at the season and individuals, teams and stories to watch:

Individuals

Blaine Nichols, Carroll: The senior is fifth in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

Grant Music, Carroll: The senior is No. 7 in the 100 breaststroke.

Bradley Trahin, Carroll: The junior is ranked No. 9 in the 100 butterfly.

Landan Mintch, Snider: As a senior, Mintch is ranked No. 6 in the 50 freestyle and No. 8 in the 100 breaststroke.

Robbie Veenstra, Homestead: The senior is ranked No. 8 in the 100 butterfly and No. 9 in the 200 individual medley.

Teams

Carroll: Nichols, Music and Trahin were each All-NHC for the No. 11 Chargers.

Snider: The Panthers were ranked No. 18 in the preseason coaches poll behind the talented pair of Mintch and junior Brennan Lill (100 freestyle).

Homestead: The No. 19 Spartans will have Veenstra, senior Cody Craig (200 freestyle) and sophomore Conner Whitaker (100 butterfly).

Warsaw: A top-50 team, the Tigers have sophomore Spencer Davidson (100 breastroke) to lead the way.

Bellmont: The Braves won a sectional title last year and will be looking for new leadership after losing seven seniors.

Storylines

Another Spartans champion? The last two years, Homestead has had a state champion with Jacob Cook (200 IM) last year and Blake Johnson (100 butterfly) two years ago.

Ready for more records: Bellmont senior Zac Torrey is already on the school’s record board for the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, while looking as if he could add the 50 and 100 freestyles to that.

NHC title race: Homestead was the conference champion last year and have pretty much dominated the league, but Carroll, the 2011 NHC champion, appears to be the team to beat with the most returning talent.

Quality over quantity: Concordia’s numbers have dwindled to only nine swimmers this year. The Cadets finished third last year in the SAC meet.

Graham coaching tree: Coaching runs in the Graham family’s blood as the father, Bruce, is at Concordia, son Brent at Northrop and another son, Brian, is at Bishop Dwenger.

gjones@jg.net

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