Coach: Jill Svirida (10th year)
Last year: Boys 5-6, Girls 11-0
Key returnees: Derrek Rueger, Sr.; Will Palmer, Sr.; Rowan Rice, Jr.;
Maeve Wilber, Jr.; Hannah Miller, Sr.; Kayla Dillon, So.
Last year, Svirida had swimmers fill half of the six slots on the All-Eagle team, but the Spartans couldn't win a meet due to a lack of numbers. This year, when all is said and done, Monument will have between 15 and 20 male swimmers.
"I feel, especially for the seniors, they have earned this," said Svirida, whose team last year needed to win all its races and then get a couple of breaks.
"We're still going to be just as competitive and just as excited. It's going to be a great battle and almost a fairer fight."
Derrek Rueger will go for a fourth-straight All-Eagle designation this year. The senior had the opportunity to swim every stroke last year, and while the Spartans will do the same this season, it won't be out of necessity.
"It's a relief because the pressure will be off of them," the coach said.
All-Eagle selection Will Palmer returns as does senior David Wyatt, who did not swim last year. Freshmen Brandon Louison and Nick Gray could also have significant roles this year.
The girls will also have between 15-20 swimmers, and when you return the reigning All-Eagle MVP, things start off well. Maeve Wilber is a two-time All-Eagle performer and had two top-10 finishes at last
year's state meet.
Wilber and junior Rowan Rice, also an All-Eagle pick, are the co-captains.
"Every year people have the opportunity to mature as athletes," said Svirida. "I can see a maturity in both of them that's going to be exciting."
Wilber's sister Emma and Caroline Bissaillon are freshmen who can possibly make an impact, as could sophomore Asa Cade and senior Hannah Miller.