Fun day with the HSE Royal Men today at the prestigious Homestead Invite – little different this year with several of the historical teams out for one reason or another. But the 5th ranked Homestead Spartans and sectional opponent Yorktown Tigers were on hand – it was a good meet.
It is always nice when both the men and the women compete at the same meet – today was no different as the Lady Royals were crazy supportive of these guys and when the ladies were swimming, the men did a good job of supporting them as well. These teams truly have each other’s backs!
The men were led today by Keegan Streett who won both the 200 Free and the 100 Free – those were the only two events our team won today but as you can tell from the score, there was a lot of fight going on in this meet. Keegan looked strong and has worked diligently to create these opportunities. It was really nice to see Thomas Reising continue to find his way – he is a strong senior and swims every event as hard as he can. He looked especially tough today.
It was great to see Malcolm Tarin attacking races as well and Matt Truxall continues to be a force that will take on any competitor in any event at any time! Senior Logan Hess has looked good all season and it was nice to see him swim a strong 100 Fly today. Sophomore Charlie Rogers has been asked to be opportunistic – whether it is his race of choice or not, just show us what you got…well, he is doing just that and our lineup looks stronger because of it. Noah Haines is working very hard to improve on walls and we saw that today. Ryan Harrison is gaining confidence each day and looked good today along with Drew Hershman who gets better each meet.
We cannot close without remarking about the efforts of senior Justin Voelker – he is just the steady sort of leader this team needs and through everything continues to swim very hard no matter where we put him. Today, he looked like a big-time swimmer!
No more meets until 2021 – thank you for your support this year! This team is growing – strange mix of really young guys and some very experienced guys but that is what happens when you lose a class of 11 last year, over half of which are now swimming in college. These guys are figuring it out and it will all come together in the end. Stay the course, happy New Year, and we will see you next year! GO ROYALS!