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A winning formula for BCHS Swim and Dive team
Charles Rahrig~ 11/5/2014
ANTHEM – Thanks to a foundation of success and hard work, the Boulder Creek Swim and Dive team continues to make strides in Division I.
It all starts at the top with coach Scott Newell, who carries himself as a swimmer’s coach. In his third season as coach, the program is flourishing with talent across the board, much in part to Newell’s personality and the way he pushes his swimmers.
“Show up, work hard, have fun. If you do these 3 things you will have success,” says Newell.
Newell also notes the support from his assistant staff. “I try to find coaches and volunteers that love swim as much as I do and see different things from each swimmer than what I might see.”
Sophomore Cooper Salmen thinks highly of his coach.
“He’s just a fun coach,” Salmen said. “I’ve known him for two years and I’ve had nothing but fun with him. He teaches us well during practice, he lets us mess around but when it’s time to get serious he gets serious.”
The players notice the strong chemistry the team has. “
We all get along together really well,” Senior and captain of the swim team Michael Farella said. “We know each other, we’re friends, we go to a lot of movies and we just really hang out a lot of the time out of practice.”
“I think we’re all good friends,” Salmen says regarding team chemistry. “We consider ourselves family because we’ve known each other; we’re all connected in some way.”
Senior standout swimmer Krista Kolkebeck feels the same way as her other swimmers.
“The friendships and with the close team that we have and the dedication that we put in during practice, all around everything comes together and it works out for us.”
With strong chemistry comes success for the Jaguars.
“We are trying to make the podium (top 4) for the first time for the girls’ team in both individual and relay events,” Newell said.
“We have some swimmers seeded 4th in the state right now and relays as high as 5th.”
Kolkebeck is one of the fastest swimmers in the state of Arizona and is going for the podium at state.
“If I didn’t have my teammates I wouldn’t be where I was today,” says Kolkebeck. “They help me a lot and push me.”
With a strong team atmosphere and a coach who lets his swimmers be themselves, the Boulder Creek Swim and Dive team once again are near the top of Division I and have a great core of upcoming young swimmers on the way.