Coach Dana Culp is looking to her two seniors, Audra Isaac and Matty Freeman, to lead a Comet squad that is short on depth.
In the MIC meet last season, Isaac won the 50 free and was second in the 100 butterfly.
“Audra will be a big asset to our program. She has been swimming for us for four years and is a year-round swimmer. She’ll probably swim fly and back mostly, but she can swim 200 IM, distance — anything,” Culp said. “Matty has been swimming for us for four years. She is pretty much a distance swimmer. She brings great leadership.”
Also back for the Comets are juniors Elena White, Madison Buckley and Hannah Perryman and sophomores Avery Ewing, Katie Swartzendruber and Maddie Vint. White is the squad’s diver. Vint and Ewing joined Isaac on a 200 freestyle relay team that posted a seventh-place finish in the sectional last season.
The Comets’ roster also shows juniors Kirstin Jones, Quinlyn Hochstedler and Gabby Castillo, sophomore Alicia Eckart and freshmen Abby Davis and Megan Campbell.
“Overall, I’m not sure how [the season] will go because our numbers are down, but the attitude of the girls is great and they’re swimming well right now,” Culp said. “I’m looking for a lot of individual best times and I think we could get some school records with a couple of relays with Audra and Matty leading and then those sophomores jumping in there. Hopefully it will be a good season at least with personal-best times and records.”
Eastern opens Thursday at Logansport.