LYNDHURST – The Lyndhurst/North Arlington swimming coach Sean Frew thought it was going to be a tough season.
But Frew has been pleasantly surprised by the results so far with the girls squad at 2-2 and the boys, 3-1, with the lone loss coming to Rutherford.
Despite the relatively good start, he is being realistic about the team’s results this season, but for bigger things to happen on the horizon in future seasons. “It is a major rebuilding year with 12 swimmers graduating from last year,” said Frew who knows that his squads will suffer more downs than ups this season. “We have been doing better on the boys side.”
While it is a rebuilding season, the boys do have 15 swimmers, and the girls have 22 swimmers coming back for the 14-15 season, many of them underclassmen.
One of the victories on the boys side came against Leonia, 85-81, in the season opener on Dec. 4. The victory over the Lions was against a school that Lyndhurst/North Arlington had not defeated in the program’s existence.
For Frew the drive this season for the two teams is for the swimmers to diversify their swimming portfolio. “The goal is for each swimmer to develop a specialty outside of freestyle,” said Frew who was co-coach of the year on the boys side last season.
And also for the team the numbers are slightly down this season with a total of 65 boys and girls in the program.