The Roseburg High School boys and girls swim teams each hope to have a strong season under Christy Todd, the new head coach.

For Todd, who assisted Kathryn Zacher last year, her new title comes with many responsibilities. Todd, formerly Christy Tanner, swam for the Indians and graduated in 1989.

“It’s a challenge learning each swimmers’ individual abilities and potential to blend that into the most successful team possible,” said Todd.

Even though Todd has been involved with the program as an assistant, the teams are still excited to see her take charge and bring in new ideas.

“She has stepped up in leading the varsity lanes and writing her own sets, which are great,” said senior captain Wesley Becherer. “She’s a really great leader and super organized.”

The teams have been very supportive and helped Todd adjust to the new position. They’ve made her transition into the head position easier.

“They already have strong team unity,” said Todd. “It’s relieving, walking into a very established unit who are a big family.”

Both teams have been working hard to make a big splash this season. The top returning swimmers are Amiya Krueger, McKenzie Vogel, Anna Gade, Robert Gosman, Becherer, Dylan Cuatt, Tanner Todd, Jaime Brown and Hunter Agsten.

Gosman placed second in the 50 free at the Southwest Conference Championships and qualified for state in that event and the 100 free. Cuatt, Becherer and Todd were members of the 200 free relay that won the district title.

Krueger was the district champion in the 50 free. Vogel qualified for state in the 100 butterfly.

“I really want the girls and boys relay teams to go to state this year,” said Becherer. “I want the entire team to reach new heights and have a very bonded team, like a family.”

This season has also brought in a new pool of talent for the swim teams.

“We have a lot of new freshmen this year,” said Vogel, a captain for the Tribe girls. “It will be interesting to see what the freshmen have to offer.”

Roseburg lost two of its strong relay swimmers from last year’s team in Stephen Stoddard and Carson Murphy.

“We really need to find the new talent to potentially fill the spots on the relay,” said Becherer.

Even if the swimmers have shoes to fill, the Tribe is expecting to have a successful season. Todd is excited to dive into the competition this year with a smile on their faces.

“I want everyone to work hard, swim fast, and have fun this season,” said Todd. “It’s great to be able to have more pool time this year, and I plan to practice more on the events swimmers will be competing in.”

The Tribe hosts its first meet of the season against Grants Pass at 3:30 p.m. today at the YMCA pool.

“We’re hoping to start off the season with a win against Grants Pass,” said Becherer. “They have a really fast swimmer in the 200-yard race, so it will be interesting to see how the meet goes.”

The Indians will host Thurston of Springfield Tuesday in a dual.

Part-time sports reporter Mckenzy Gausnell can be reached by email at mgausnell@nrtoday.com.

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