The Stoughton boys swimming team qualified two individuals and a relay to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament last year and the Vikings are hoping for even more this season.
Junior Conner Clark and senior Hayden Hammond return as state qualifiers. Clark and Hammond helped Stoughton’s 400-yard freestyle relay finish 12th in 3 minutes, 25.8 seconds. Clark also qualified for state as an individual last year, and placed 13th in the 100 butterfly (55.8).
Chase Millam, who also qualified individual in the 200 free, and Ian Bormett are gone from last year’s team, and will need to be replaced.
Senior Jacob Turner also returns after being a state alternate last year, and could fill potentially fill a spot on the 400 free relay this season.
Coach Katie Talmadge said Clark, Hammond and Turner trained well since last season with the Stoughton Aqua Racers club team
Junior Isaiah Rowley and sophomore Cade Millam return from last year’s sectional team and are hungry to improve.
Freshmen Jordan Bartriury, Owen Lehman and Dylan Williams are all previous STAR swimmers who could also make a big impact.
“I’m looking forward to watching them clean up their technique and discipline, while we integrate them into the team,” Talmadge said.
Monona Grove and Madison Edgewood once again figure to be the favorites to win the conference, although the three-time defending state champion Silver Eagles lost a lot of talent to graduation.
Monona Grove lost one of the most decorated swimmers in state history with the graduation of Ben McDade, who is now competing at the University of Indiana. The Silver Eagles have a talented incoming freshman class, though Edgewood could be the favorites.
Talmadge said the Vikings are shooting for third place.