Record shows swim team’s talent

Chelsea Peck
The girls’ swim team plays water polo at practice Sept. 2. The Dunlap girls’ swim team has a record of 5-2 this year, and coach Jim Bucher said the young team has a lot of talent.

The Dunlap High School swim team is young, competitive and talented, according to head coach Jim Bucher.

With a record of 5-2, the team has been able to showcase their talent throughout the season.

“I think with this team we have a lot of young talent and we go pretty deep, three deep in most (relay) events,” Bucher said.

“So against most teams we swim, unless they’re a powerhouse or state ranked team, we’ll do really well. Probably this and the next couple (years) with the talent I have coming up, we’ll be able to compete with anyone in the area.”

The Dunlap girls placed third in the Rock Island Invitational Sept. 11 with 185 points, losing to Richwoods and Galesburg, in first and second respectively.

Sarah Lang and Madeline Bruce won first in the 400 yard freestyle two-person relay with a final time of 4:13.74.

They then beat Pekin Sept. 15, 128-58, and Central 106-49 Sept. 23. They also beat Lincoln 112-31 Sept. 16.

Bruce placed first in the 200 yard freestyle at Pekin. Kaylie Noll got Dunlap a first-place win in the 200 medley and the 500-yard freestyle.

Junior Danel Voorhees also had first places in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

Bucher said he talks to the girls about getting their best time, but also about focusing on winning the heat to move on to the next heat.

“I told the girls if they’re not in the fastest couple heats to watch what the other girls are doing. Watch starts, turns, strokes.

“It’s not only a good experience to go to a big invite, but it’s also good to be able to see what other swimmers are doing,” he said.

Bucher said he has been impressed with all the girls’ efforts, but some stand out above the rest.

Freshman Noll is quick, and practices with sophomore Bruce.

“She’s one of the best freshmen in the area,” Bucher said of Noll.

Bucher said Bruce is more of a distance swimmer, but she can swim almost any event.

“She’s a year-round swimmer and has a significant swimming background,” he said.

Bucher said the team this year has good morale and supports each other at events.

“At our meets we’re supportive ... If they’re not swimming an event I always want them up cheering for a teammate,” Bucher said.

Bucher said he is looking forward to a competitive end to the season with the Richwoods invite Saturday and the Washington/Metamora meet Oct. 12.

“Those will be competition we see at Sectionals, so they can see their competition,” he said.

“They have a bunch of real good swimmers.”