Mansfield sophomore swimmer tagged as future state champion

07/07/2014 10:08 AM

07/07/2014 10:09 AM

Mansfield sophomore swimmer Mike Thibert had a phenomenal season in 2014, qualifying for the state meet in two separate events and finishing in fifth place in both.

Coach Matt Bold said he expects more of the same from Thibert this season and said that he brings a lot to the Mansfield swimming program.

“Mike brings a work ethic that is just second to none,” Bold said. “He knows exactly what he needs to do to get the results that he wants, and he is not scared to put that extra effort in and be a leader in practice.”

Thibert finished the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 140.51 and the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 45.99 to help the team to a total of 32 team points last season.

Bold said that he has one area in particular he would like for Thibert to work on this off season.

“I think it is really is just a confidence thing for him,” Bold said. “It's a big stage for him to be on as a freshman, and I think after a year of being there, the sky's the limit for him. He knows what's expected of him now, and he knows the work he has to put in to be where he wants to be.

“His goal is to be a state champion, and there is nothing that is going to make him happy unless he wins state. He will put in the work necessary to achieve that goal.”

Bold said he has one major goal for Thibert next year, one that he believes is achievable.

“Absolutely, I would love to see him win state,” Bold said. “After last year, I would say that is definitely attainable for him. I think that if he has another year like he did last year with the improvements he made, I don't think there is anybody in the state that can swim with him.”

Bold said he will rely on Thibert to provide leadership this coming season and said that the Mansfield swimmer will be a big part of any success the team enjoys.

“Our team kind of revolves around him,” Bold said. “He's going to score his points, but he is also a huge team player. He wants the relays to do well; he wants the team to do well, and he is going to do whatever it takes for the team to be successful.”

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