By Rob Tetro
The Fulton varsity swim team has high hopes for the 2013-14 season.
Coach Dexter Hinman said Fulton hopes to have a winning record. Individually, the Red Raiders want to be a team that qualifies most of its athletes for Sectionals.
Hinman feels his experienced team is ready to put in the hard work and dedication that is needed to succeed this season.
This season, Fulton returns many athletes from last year’s team and will feature a couple of athletes from Phoenix.
The Red Raiders top returning athletes are seniors Ross Gardner, Lacey Reich and Jacob Strauss, junior Kyle Buck and sophomores Andrew Distin and David Tallents.
Supporting Fulton’s top returning athletes are seniors Breanna Baker, Anna Guernsey and Alyssa Harley (Phoenix).
Also: Juniors Adrianna Dodge, Emma Harvey, Austin Nairn, Zachary Perry and Grace Trepasso, sophomores Caleb and Zachary Almeter, Justin Grower, Joshua Hotaling, Sage Hourihan, Casey Jones, Grant Marriner, Timothy McAfee, Lorcan Murphy, Dakota Stoughtenger, Kaitlyn Trudell (Phoenix) and Abbey Zych.
Freshmen on the team are Miwa Burdic, Michael Mankiewicz, Ryan Morehouse, Deidre Murphy, Breanna Stoughtenger and Sarah Tallents.
Hinman named Ross Gardner, Anna Guernsey, Lacey Reich and Jacob Strauss as Fulton’s team captains for the upcoming season. Hinman points out Guernsey, Reich and Strauss are natural leaders. Their impressive work ethic has earned them the respect of their teammates.
The Red Raiders expect to be challenged every time they get into the water this season. However, there is a date on Fulton’s schedule the team already is looking at.
The Red Raiders will be taking part in an invitational in Rochester this season that will feature other coed teams.
Despite the many challenges that await them, Hinman expects Fulton’s depth will allow them to compete consistently. Unfortunately, Hinman suggests his team will be rebuilding in at least one area. This season, the Red Raiders will be developing new divers.