With a big returning class of strong swimmers, a big new turnout and senior Aaron Idelson on the diving board, this should be a big season for the Cooperstown boys swim team.
For starters, the turn-out this year is huge.
“We have 27 swimming and diving and that includes nine freshman and one eighth grader (Ted Mebust) moved up to varsity,” said coach Cheryl Rock. “I’m excited to have so many swimmers on the team this year. We lost some talent, but definitely gained some more.”
The pool area at the Clark Sport Center is loud with splashing and yelling, the water, filled with swimmers all working hard to perfect their strokes and cut down their times. Rock has coached swimming for eight seasons and finds the prospects for this year’s team especially good.
Erik Mebust has graduated, but the youngest swimming brother, Ted, joins middle brother Sean who is now a sophomore.
“Sean Mebust can swim anything fast but he may concentrate on the 100 free and lower his own record,” Rock said. “His brother is already swimming with the top guys as an eighth grade.”
“I can swim anything, but this year I want to work on my free style. I started swimming when I was five on the club team, the Sharks. Always loved it,” Sean said.
Rock said she believes Sean has a good chance at going to states, if not this year, then before he graduates, which she believes about Ted as well.
Rock swam at Brockport College, although she also played field hockey for the undefeated CCS team in 1979, which was recently inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. She describes herself as a stickler for hard work; improving swimming technique, and times. Typically, she has the boys do dry work for twenty minutes, then they hit the pool from 7:20 until 9 p.m.