“We have never had anyone from the boys’ team go to states, but this could be our year,” she said.
“Both Ted Mebust and Michael Kern will be our top backstrokers. I am expecting Tae Livermore to be our breast stroker. We have an exchange student, Ivan Braustein Baez, who has been a nice surprise and he will be one of our top (swimmers at) butterfly and backstroke,” Rock said. “We have a great deal of good depth, a lot of young kids that can swim fast. We will have several that can swim some of the tougher events like the 200 IM and 100 fly.”
Idelson will also be a factor on the board, bringing points to his team nearly every meet, and he too could make states.
“Aaron Idelson is competing his last year and he has worked hard this last year. I would love to see him make states. It will be tough, but, possible,” she said.
Rock mentions they have added some divers this year, like Gills Summers and Leland Morris, (a freshman), perhaps inspired by Idelson, that are going to try it for the first time. It is clear Idelson is a team leader, “We have so many kids this year. I’m shocked, but I think it’s awesome,” he said.
“Our biggest challenge with such a young team is technique,” Rock said. “We spend a lot of time working on perfecting our strokes. Swimming is one of those sports that just takes a lot of practice.”
Last year CCS had about 20 team members. Rock said she attributes the growth to kids swimming at the club when they are young, and then recruiting friends.
The team hosted Utica Proctor after deadline Wednesday in the opening meet and travels to Sherburne-Earlville today. “We’ll outnumber a lot of teams, but usually Holland Patent is our biggest competitor,” she said.
Rock’s own outlook for the team is positive, “I’m excited about getting to know everyone new on the team. Looking forward to an overall really good season. I’m hoping to win our division in our league.”