Athletes on the Carroll boys swimming team have rarely known anything accept the highest level of success, regardless of their grade level.
The Carroll boys swim and dive team has proved to be one of the great dynasties in the realm of Texas high school sports, and with the return of four All-Americans in 2014-2015, it appears that the Dragons could continue this tradition.
Carson Klein, Austin Whalen, Gus Karau and Nate Hernandez all earned All-American honors last season based on their performance at the state meet.
“Hernandez was a top three diver this year,” coach Kevin Murphy said. “Gus Karau was very close to qualifying for state in couple of other events. Whalen was close to qualifying as well, so we have that set of kids, and a number of other ones that are on the cusp of being state qualifiers, which is a big deal. I think our boys team will be very difficult to deal with this year.”
Klein swam at the state meet in both the 200 and 500 free, and swam on the 200 and 400 freestyle relay, while Weyland swam on the 400 freestyle relay and Karau swam on the 200 medley relay.
Murphy said he will rely heavily on these athletes to help this coming season's team succeed this year.
“Leadership-wise, we focus a lot on our seniors, and we have four or five boys, along with Carson,” Murphy said. “We have a very deep team. There are no real superstars, but we have a number of very good athletes.”
Klein said he believes Carroll is more than capable of winning a fifth consecutive state championship in boys swimming and said it will basically take the team putting in the right amount of effort.
“We've had amazing teams the last four years and, in my opinion, we have just as good of a team going into this year,” Klein said. “It'll take nothing more than the traditions that Southlake has kept with for the years I've swam. In my experience, when a team has the success the we have had it's easy to think it's just going to happen every year.
“We need to pull together and work for it. It makes a huge difference when a team comes together to win, and that's what coach Murphy has taught us to do so well,” Klein added. “All we have to do to have a five peat is to come together as a team as we did the last four years.”