Juniors Nathan Hufnagel, Campbell James and Mark Walleshauser are back to contribute in a variety of individual events and relays, as is sophomore Jack Gunning.
"They look at that as validation, and that they have something good," Lassiter coach Glenn Meeden said. "They have the desire to show everyone that (the expectations are) true, and I think it's very exciting."
The Trojans also have to be concerned about Walton, which finished eighth last season with a young team. Though the Raiders graduated standout Brian McClintock, who is now swimming at North Carolina, their other most prominent competitors are back, led by senior sprinter Davis Beachamp and diver David Sanchez.
The Mustangs are returning depth led by sophomore Thomas Locke (sprint freestyle), juniors Nat Siwabut (breaststroke, IM) and Jack Van Nuis (breaststroke) and senior Sam Schreer (backstroke).
"The boys lost a lot, which is an understatement," Pope coach Chris Haon said, "but we feel like we have a lot of depth coming back that Nike Air Force 1 Gold Elephant
Marietta and Kennesaw Mountain is also in the mix to break the top 10 in the AAAAA meet.
Pope finished eighth after dropping down to the AAAA A meet, but it lost the bulk of a talented roster that included Jordan Turner, Arthur Lo, John Shula, Nick McMillan and diver Eric Sinsley.
Lassiter also has three talented underclassmen in sophomore Christian Fernandez and freshmen Nick Tuttle and Jake Waldner. All have experience in sprint and distance freestyles.
The Greyhounds' success will depend on their depth, and who can replace the departed starts, but they do have senior sprint freestylists Kevin Mason and Marshall Waller returning, along with sophomore distance swimmer Landon Bennett.
"We're not as deep this year, but we're Nike Air Force Mid 1 experienced," Kennesaw Mountain coach David Reason said. "We're a very close knit group, and our relays should be strong."
"We're going to have more depth than we had, and a solid group of young swimmers," Walton coach Sharon Loughran said. "They have to root and pull together as a team. The swimmers that don't win need to get eighth, seventh or sixth. The strength of our guys team is the ability to compete."
understands what it takes (to succeed)."
Walker graduated 200 IM state champion Derek Onken after the team placed 14th at state, but the Wolverines have Onken's younger brother, Decker, to contribute. The Wolverines are also brining back a strong contingent of upperclassmen, led by seniors Myles Haslam, Tom Kerekes, Hayden Salyer and Myers Hines.
Senior Henry Loong is looking to improve upon his eighth place finish in the 200 individual medley, while two sprint freestylists senior Drew Cuttic and sophomore Zach Nike Air Force 1 High With Jeans
Marshall also return.
The Blue Devils are returning their entire team, which finished 14th at last year's state meet. Seniors Sam Horvath, Michael Dugan and John Easton lead the way, with diver Will Leach and freshman Tyler Harper also expected Nike Air Force Low Black And White
Three members of the 400 yard freestyle relay, which finished second in the state last year, have returned, while junior Jimmy Yoder is back after taking second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle. Junior Zach Bunner also returns after taking fourth in the 100 butterfly and backstroke.
Lassiter boys have skills to win state title
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