The Legacy boys swim team had a strong effort at the Class 4A state tournament this past season, and a pair of siblings are a big part of the reason why.
Will and Nick Tullbane both qualified for the state meet this past spring, and coach Tony Tullbane, the boys’ father, said that he loves having his sons swim for him at Legacy High School.
“It's great to coach my sons,” Tullbane said. “It's one of those things where when you get to coach your own kids, you get to have them in a program that you're proud of.”
Tullbane said that he has a couple of goals for his sons for next year's swimming season.
“I am looking for them to help lead the team,” Tullbane said. “It's going to be a good season on the boys side. I just want them to have a good experience and enjoy it.”
Tullbane said he is mainly having Will and Nick focus on conditioning in the off season.
“For them, they have running, as well as doing the lifting and strength training, as well as swimming in club,” Tullbane said. “Nick and my younger son are both going to be running cross country this year as well. They are doing that for the variety.”
That's right, a third Tullbane, Zachary, will be joining the program as a freshman this season.
Will Tullbane qualified for state this year in the 100 butterfly event and said that he makes it his objective to lead by example and to keep things loose on the boys team at Legacy.
“I just try to bring a lot of excitement, and make sure that everyone is having a good time at practice,” Will Tullbane said. “I just try to be that person that keeps it enjoyable.”
Nick Tullbane said to repeat upon the type of success they enjoyed last year, it will take teamwork and leadership, and said he has his work cut out for him this off-season.
“I'm working on keeping my technique in tip-top shape,” Nick Tullbane said. “I also want to make sure I stay in shape for next season. My goals for next year are to get out to state, and hopefully get a relay out, too.”
Tullbane said that there is not a real sibling rivalry between his sons, fortunately, and said he will rely on his sons to provide leadership to the team this coming season on the boys side “quite a bit.”
“The goal for this year is get one of the relay teams out,” Tullbane said. “We have never had a relay team to get to state for Legacy before for the boys team. We made that kind of a goal this year, is to go as some teams and get some more boys out.”