Marietta High swim team features young but talented roster

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Marietta High swimmers’ (left to right) Piper Halliday, Alicen Teer, and Ashley Stewart pose in the Marietta YMCA poll before a practice session Tuesday afternoon.

Marietta High’s swim team is taking it one practice and one meet at a time.

“We’re a very young team and building,” said sixth-year co-head coach Courtenay Halliday. “We only have a few seniors. We have a lot of new swimmers. But they are showing a lot of promise and doing really well. The kids are getting their feet wet, and getting an idea of what it’s all about.”

Marietta’s other coach is Walt Teer, who will be in his eighth year at the swim helm.

As it looks now, the Tiger swim roster includes 18 girls and nine boys.

The numbers are very similar to last season with the boys increasing from five to nine.

Last spring, MHS graduated Cooper Halliday, Embrey Roberts, Kelsey Hall, Hunter Danford, Thomas Bickham, Sofia Occhipinti, and Miriam Stephan.

This season’s senior leaders are Alicen Teer, Riley Hearing, Aryn Robinson, Madison Gault, and Max Garrison.

“We have some experienced swimmers, like Alicen (Teer),” Courtenay Halliday said. “She’s very good. She’ll be a freestyle sprinter.”

Teer is expected to compete in the 50 free and 100 free.

Some other girls to keep an eye on will be Ashley Stewart, Reagan Loeber, Rachel Weekley, and Piper Halliday.

“Ashley’s been pretty strong in the butterfly,” Courtenay Halliday said.

Look for Loeber to compete in the backstroke; Weekley, the IM (individual medley); and Piper Halliday, the breaststroke and freestyle.

On the boys’ side, Garrison will be doing IM this winter.

“Max has been swimming really well,” Courtenay Halliday said. “He’s really improved from last year.

“The IM’s all new for him.”

Jackson Macatol is another swimmer “coming on strong,” in the backstroke, the coach said.

“The other boys are strong swimmers and are doing great,” Halliday said.