Cooperstown’s swim team lost a couple of girls to graduation, but it didn’t lose much experience.
The team, which has won three straight Frontier League B South titles, picked up a couple of seniors from the disbanded field hockey team last year. They were quick learners and good athletes, but not veteran swimmers or team leaders.
Those qualities belong to this year’s group of seniors.
“We have a strong senior team this year,” coach Katy Haseley said. That class includes captains Catherine Borgstrom, Lucy Ford and Lindsay Harloff.
Junior Eden Griger is also a captain.
Borgstrom, Ford and junior Renee Friedman are all back on the diving board this season. The trio gave CCS a points advantage in dual meets, and will do so again this year. All three qualified for the Section Three meet and Borgstrom made the finals, placing eighth overall. It was the top finish for a Cooperstown diver since Becky Fisher made the top three in 2006. Fisher holds the school record for six dives (229.25) and 11 dives (403.97).
“Catherine made the podium last year, that was a big deal,” Haseley said. “She holds the Frontier B diving record already. I know she has her eyes on the individual six dive record. She’s a goal setter.
“I think all three of our divers are going to be much improved this year,” she added.
Griger and Harloff are the swimming leaders, and both are strong at long distances. Along with junior Liz Russo and freshman Tessa Griger, they just missed a school record last year in the 400 freestyle relay.
“Beyond our seniors, we have a very strong junior class,” Haseley said.
Seniors Kelsey Lent and Christina Grigoli, exchange student Luisa Pennachio from Denmark, juniors Jen Snyder, Emily Stephenson, Leandra Powers, Grace Heneghan, McKenna Hage, Christina Noto and freshman Michaela Marmorato will also contribute points for the team this season, Haseley said.
Cooperstown will be the favorite to win another division title this year. Holland Patent, which is in the A South, is probably the other top team in the Frontier League. They will go head-to-head on Oct. 1 at HP.
Cooperstown’s division foes are Adirondack, Sherburne-Earlville and West Canada Valley. The first meet is Sept. 10 at S-E. The first home meet is at the Clark Sports Center on Sept. 12 against WCV.
With 20 girls on the squad, Haseley said she’s got every event filled. “It is going to be a strong year for us,” she said.