The district meet is about two weeks away for the Carroll swim and dive teams, and once again, expectations are high on both sides.
The Dragons wrapped up their sixth consecutive state championship on the boys side and finished sixth on the girls side at state last season, and coach Kevin Murphy said his team is looking to pick up where it left off in the spring of 2015.
“Our boys are pretty loaded,” Murphy said. “I think they would be considered the favorite heading into the state high school meet. Of course, you have all of the steps that you have to take to get there ... but on paper, we look very good on the boys side.
“On the girls side, I would think that we are a team that is anywhere between the third and sixth best in the state. That’s kind of based on what everyone has done in relays in the first half of the season. We have plenty of work to do ... and it’s kind of an exciting time.”
Murphy said the goals for this season are a state championship on the boys side and top six finish on the girls, and said for district, the expectation is pretty simple.
“On paper, it looks like we should dominate both the boys and girls at the district meet,” Murphy said. “But, we have to swim the meet. Hopefully, we can get through with all the right people qualifying and get all of our relays through safely.”
The district meet will be held on Jan. 22 over at the Natatorium in Allen.
Murphy said he did not want to single out any one individual on the boys or girls sides that he believes deserve special recognition, stating it is “all about our team,” and said the Dragons have “some exceptional swimmers.”
Murphy said he will know a lot about about where his team stands once the team has competed at region, but said that the expectations for state this year are pretty high.
“We have set a goal to be somewhere between second and fourth when the time comes,” Murphy said. “For the boys, our goal is a state championship.”