John Hamilton doesn’t know what to expect from his swimmers at this weekend’s state boys’ swimming and diving championships. He just hopes they have fun.
“I told the swimmers there is no pressure,” said Hamilton, who coaches the Hickman and Rock Bridge teams.
“I believe that if they are relaxed and have fun then that makes their chances much higher … My goal is for them to drop their times and wherever that puts us as a team is fine. I just want to see a good culmination to their season.”
The swimming preliminaries start at 3 p.m. today at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. The diving preliminaries and finals are set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with the swimming finals at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Hickman and Rock Bridge send 12 swimmers each to the meet. Each school returns three swimmers with state experience.
Hickman’s John Willett will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Andrew Heath will compete in the 100 backstroke. Derek Kriegshauser will compete in the 100 backstroke.
Willett placed third in the individual medley and fifth in the breaststroke last year.
Rock Bridge’s Chuck Caldwell will swim in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, and both Kevin Schoelz and Keith Wilson will swim in the 200 and 500 freestyle.