SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School girls swimming and diving team entered its first home meet of the season Friday a little shorthanded. A couple seniors took the day to visit colleges, leaving an already small Lady Broncs’ roster that much smaller.
The lack of depth allowed some younger and more inexperienced swimmers to compete in a more impactful position.
“We definitely put some pressure on some younger kids,” Sheridan head coach Brent Moore said. “We are shorthanded and it makes a big difference. But the girls did good job, and it’s great to put pressure on the kids and give them experiences like this.”
The Lady Broncs are currently in the heart of their season and their workout regimen isn’t getting any easier. Moore had to remind his somewhat disappointed team, afterwards, that the meet Friday is just a stepping stone to something much larger.
“It’s this time of the season where we are dead center, and we are working harder than we have,” Moore said. “We just can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we are doing everything right. It’s going to be hard, nothing comes easy and we just have to keep doing what we are doing. We are doing the right things, and the girls are performing well even though they’re sore and in pain.”
Piper Carroll led the way for Sheridan with a pair of individual first-place finishes. She topped the field in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 27.93 seconds and won the 100-meter freestyle, clocking in at 1:01.48.
Zoe Robison added another first-place finish, winning the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:19.95. She also logged a time of 2:37.81 in the 200-meter individual medley to place runner-up.
Moore was especially pleased with how his three divers contended Friday. Alecia Thoney took second with 172.8 points, while Maggie Mosely and Johnnie Zukowski finished third and fourth with 165.85 and 160.8 points, respectively.
The Lady Broncs get the weekend off before hosting the Sheridan Pre Invite Friday.