High School Girls’ Swim Team Hopes to Achieve More With New Head Coach

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Thursday, August 23, 2018, 2:33 pm
Nguyen Phuong Thao

For ten years, Ronald Marsh has been head coach of East Lansing High School’s girl’s swim team but starting this season, Brian Post will be filling the position. In previous seasons, Post was the team’s assistant coach.

Post has been coaching since 1972 and he’s been with East Lansing High School’s Swim team for thirteen years. He feels that being head coach isn’t much of a change from his previous position as assistant coach.

“It’s not really that much of a difference for me. I come in and I play with the athletes and get them to swim better,” Post said. “It’s pretty much the same thing other than there’s more administration stuff to do.”

According to Katelyn Meeker, a returning swimmer, Post is a good teacher and connects well with the athletes. Abbey Bertsch is also a returning swimmer who’s been on the high school swim team for two years.

“I think Post is a really great fit and he really connects with all the swimmers and he always find a way to incorporate things to make each girl better.” Bertsch said.

Last season, Mara Logan qualified for states in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.34. Logan was the first girl in East Lansing to qualify for states in six years. Post expects to take Logan to states this year as well.

“I’m pretty confident... we’ll make states and Mara should.” Post said.

Post also hopes to place higher in the Capital Area Activities Conference (CAAC) Blue compared to previous seasons. “Well, as a team, we have been, like, sitting at 7th place all the time so I hope we can move up decently,” Post said. “And this year I can see that it can happen a lot easier because we have a lot more depth in our size team and our swim club is feeding us better.”

According to Freya Dufner, a swimmer on the team for three years, fellow team members and Post have been working towards the same goal.

“This season I’m hoping to, I think we’re all hoping to place high in the CAAC Blue meet. We placed fifth last year,” Dufner said.

The team’s first meet for this season will be at Waverly on Aug. 22.

See the full season schedule at https://eastlansingathletics.com/teams/2421610/girls/swimming/varsity/schedule


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