New coach having an impact on Holy Trinity swimming


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Members of the Holy Trinity swim team are enjoying a good season under new coach Tiffany DeAngelis.

CARL KOTALA

The Holy Trinity swimming program might be small in number, but the Tigers have certainly bought into what new coach Tiffany DeAngelis has been teaching and preaching … and it’s paying off.

“We want them to understand what they’re doing,” DeAngelis said. “That, and have fun. Just be a little family. And they’ve really embraced it. At the end of each lane, they’re all yelling for each other after all their swims.”

Holy Trinity might only have 30 swimmers in the program — 21 boys and nine girls — but the boys team had won six of its first seven meets and the swimmers all appear to be enjoying their season.

“The atmosphere is really positive,” senior Alex Miles said. “Everyone’s really happy. Coach is really promoting that.”

Senior Brandon Assam likes the fact that everyone on the team is willing to put in the time to work hard and get better.

“Everybody on this team is a hard worker,” Assam said. “We’ve been working really hard this season, especially with some of the workouts she’s been giving us. I’m pretty proud of how the team has done that because some of the things are a lot … in my four years … harder than I’ve ever done.”

Sophomore Ava Brooks, who has knocked two seconds off her time in the 100 butterfly (down to a 1 minute, 7 seconds) didn’t seem to mind the tough practices.

“A lot of the workouts are harder, but overall, I feel like it’s more fun this year than it has been,” she said.

Miles, who beat his personal best in the 50 freestyle by 3 seconds (down to 24.50), is part of the boys 200 free relay team that was 1.5 seconds short of breaking the school record.

The team of Miles, Jacob Coggshall, Christian Greene and James Lacey was hoping to break the record at the Class 1A, District 7 meet, which was held Oct. 26.

“Everyone on the relay is dying to get it,” Miles said. “We’re really working hard for it.”

Assam, meanwhile, would like to get his 500 free time under 7 minutes at the district meet.

There are eight seniors this year: Assam, Coggshall, Greene, Miles, Trenton Gowins, Tyler Rydson, Marissa Spies and Alex Swiger.

That group, along with Middlebrooks, Alex Spies and the 200 freestyle relay, should have the best chance of advancing out of the districts and into the regional meet, which is set for Nov. 1 and 2 at Lake Highland Prep.

Whatever happens in the postseason, DeAngelis has enjoyed watching her team’s progress.

“They’re a small group, but they’re growing and they’re getting really strong together as a group,” DeAngelis said. “It’s really fun to watch them all come together.”