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Lindbergh boys swim & dive | Season preview

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Lindbergh's A.J. Lim
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Lindbergh sophomores Andrew Franco-Munoz and A.J. Lim, are excited for another chance to prove what they can do.

“The state meet we swam wasn’t exactly what we were looking for, so they’ve got a little redemption in the backs of their minds,” said Lindbergh swim and dive coach Roger Miron.

The Eagles have 29 swimmers this season, the biggest Miron has ever had in his 17 years at the school. Lindbergh completed a huge turnaround last season, going from 1-6 two seasons ago to a 5-2 team that placed second at districts last season. The team sent 10 swimmers to state, but Miron expects an even better performance at state this year.

Franco-Munoz won a district title and broke the district meet record in the 50 freestyle. At state, he missed the finals by 0.11 seconds and finished 11th. He also placed 13th in the 100 free at state. Lim took 15th in the 100 fly and 17th in the 200 IM at state.

“It’s an exciting time for them,” Miron said. “They saw a lot of potential last year. They know what they’re capable of doing and they know that they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them. We’re hoping to see good things.”

Other swimmers to watch are senior Adrian Franco-Munoz, senior Connor Guhlke, junior Aaron Jacobsen, senior Sam Seid, sophomore Blake Tibbitts and junior diver Tanner Zornes. All competed in districts, while Adrian Franco-Munoz, Guhlke, Jacobsen and Seid swam at state.

Miron said the Eagles should be competitive against traditional league power Kennedy Catholic this season, thanks to the larger numbers.

“They have more top-end talent, but we’re hoping our depth will make it a lot closer than last year,” he said. “It’s kind of fun to have that kind of flexibility.”

Placing second at districts last season earned the Eagles a trophy for the first time in Miron’s career at Lindbergh. He’s intent on not giving that up this year.

“When you get a piece of hardware for the first time ever it’s pretty exciting,” he said. “We’re not looking to take a step back at the district level. If we’re solid enough and lucky enough to go after the number one team, then we’ll see.”

Lindbergh beat Highline 124-52 Tuesday. The Eagles won nine events to Highline’s three.

 

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