The Carroll swim and dive teams appear to be picking up right where they left off last year, and coach Kevin Murphy said he is pleased with what he has seen to this point.
Carroll will compete in the North TISCA Swim Meet at The Colony on Friday and Saturday, and Murphy said this will be a good preview for the state meet.
“It’s our biggest meet of the fall,” Murphy said. “We will hope to win both the boys and girls. We have done so the last three or four years in a row. We will hope to win the meet and have some season-best times that put us on the road to figuring out what is realistic this season and what’s a pipe dream.
“Also, that will give us three months before the state meet, so it gives anyone behind the eight ball the time and impetus to accelerate and focus better if that’s what’s needed.”
The Carroll swim teams competed in the Plano Dual on Nov. 13 and faced a novel situation.
“We have been working and preparing all fall for the North TISCA Meet, so we did not swim very fast,” Murphy said. “But, they took care of business. In fact, the scores were so lopsided that when I sent out my publicity report, I didn’t even send out the scores.
“Our girls lost a meet the other day,” Murphy said. “They swam against a combined team from Keller in the Keller ISD All Stars Meet. We had beaten them the last two years, but they handled us pretty good this year. In fact, out of 11 swimming events we only won one event.
“The fact is, though, that their best swimmers are divided among three different teams, so that by the time we get to district and regionals, that will change the balance quite a bit as to what we can do as a team.”
Plano was the first dual meet of any kind that Caroll has lost in the last three and a half years.
“Coming into that meet, over the last three and half years, we were 52-0 in both boys and girls duals meet,” Murphy said. “And it wasn’t like we didn’t do a good job, the girls swam hard, we just didn’t know what was coming.”
“We think our boys will be very difficult handle this year,” Murphy said. “We think our girls will have the potential to make a run at winning state again, but we have a lot to work to do over the next three months.
“After we swim in this TISCA meet, we have a really clear view of what’s realistic and what is not.”
Carroll has several returning high school All-Americans, including Nate Hernandez, Jonathan Roberts, Connor Dobbs, Taylor Willenbring, Emily Gibson, Rebecca Upton, Casey Rose, Alexa Baran, Sydney Wheeler and Lauren Crown.