If comparisons to last year’s meets are any benchmark, Legacy’s swim teams are on the way up.Thus far this season, the Broncos have picked up a dual meet win and have placed second (boys) and fourth (girls) in a meet of 19 teams.Head coach Tony Tullbane said the high finishes at the Arlington Invitational show the progress the team has made over last year’s fifth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively.“We’re much further ahead, if you use that as benchmark,” Tullbane said.An influx of talented freshmen has helped the returning swimmers with experience.“This year, quite a few freshmen have helped solidify us in relays,” Tullbane said. “We’re a little deeper and can cover a lot more events. It makes us a more solid squad.”With so many freshmen all across the Mansfield district, every school is benefiting from the increased numbers.“Some are in the pool for the first time,” Tullbane said. “Some, you find that they’re a natural and then round them out later. You can fill in the gaps where you need them.”With the prevalence of area swim programs, Tullbane said it’s rare, though, that kids don’t already know flip turns.To score points in meets, the good teams have more than just their few, fastest swimmers. Scoring points in relays and picking up placement points in all the events make the difference.“Every team has their one or two fastest kids,” Tullbane said. “You have to have a solid 12-13 kids to compete against most high schools. We have a lot of boys and can cover events two-deep.”Legacy’s standouts from last year – Sam Spoonemore and Sarah Mussleman – have graduated, with Spoonemore having competed at the state meet last year and Mussleman now diving at Alabama.“You have to make up for their points in other ways,” Tullbane said.Working to step into those big shoes are Madison Yelle, who was also a state qualifier last year in the 200-meter and 500m Free after winning the regional meet.“She’s a good team captain and leader,” Tullbane said. “She’s a lock for some points.”On the boys side, Evan Williams, a senior captain, is also a stellar leader for the team, Tullbane said.“Some don’t realize how much a captain can do to get the team ready,” Tullbane said. “They do good stuff in water, but he does such a good job setting the example, especially for the freshmen. It will help us for the next four years.”The district meet is set for Jan. 24-25, drawing to the ‘second season’ of the sport which stretches across most of the school year. Last year, the Broncos boys finished second and the girls took home championship honors. “The goal is to win district and be at least runner-up in at regionals,” Tullbane said.The top six out of the district meet will move on to the regional. From there, the even champ is guaranteed a spot at the state meet, with the remainder of the lanes filled by the next eight fastest across all regionals.Tullbane said the squad will really start focusing on ratcheting down their times in November. At the district meet, expect Lake Ridge, Summit and Cleburne to be the top competition for Legacy. With all the Mansfield ISD schools working out at the same time, Tullbane reminds his swimmers where to find their top competitors. “Just look right across from you. They’re two lanes over.”Legacy is also slated to compete at the Southlake “Dragon Hunt” meet on Oct. 19 and will also have a dual with Cleburne on Oct. 22.