Coach Donita Walters is excited about her squad.
“The ladies came into the season disciplined and ready to work on day one and haven’t stopped,” she said in the school’s Kat Chatter. “We have depth like I have never seen at Kokomo before. Almost all of last year’s squad is back and I honestly can’t say where anyone will swim yet. We are very diverse with lots of talent at the top.”
Walters is looking to senior Alyson Rohlfing to lead the squad. Rohlfing swims the backstroke, individual medley and sprints. Walters noted Rohlfing was the team’s top finisher in the North Central Conference meet last season. In the sectional, she was 10th in the 100 backstroke and 13th in the 100 freestyle.
The Kats return several other veterans including divers Hannah Reecer and Alyssa Wideman. They finished eighth and 13th, respectively, in the sectional last season. Also back for the Kats are Jessica Gates (freestyle distance), Jessica Simmons (breaststroke and all-around), Abby Johnson (IM and free), Sydney Glassburn (sprint free), Brittany Hopkins (fly and free) and Jasmine Brown (fly and free).
Walters also has seniors Emily Parkhurst (diving) and Ali Littrell (free and breast) in the mix.
Kokomo also has a nice mix of sophomores and freshmen.
“Our sophomores are very deep and add the increased depth to our program,” Walters said, noting just two of the 11 sophomores are returning letter winners. “This class shows much promise and an even better work ethic. I expect some big surprises to come out of this group of ladies this season. I think they may surprise themselves, too. ... Our [freshmen] will make an immediate impact this season as they bring several years’ middle school experience and club swimming with them to the high school level.”
Kokomo opens today, at home against Western.