Members of the Decorah boys swim team are, from left, front row - Trevor Massman, J.D. Prentice, Matthew Appler, Sam Poppen, Ben Leschensky. Second row - Tyler Peterson, Will Yahr, Mason McMillan, Jacob Skold, Juan Diaz, Isaac Sauer. Back row - Cole Svestka, Dalton Matt, Nolan Heffern, Jerod Heying, Matt Schissel, Adam Krieger. Absent were Mac Faldet, Rjis Nesset, Trevor Malven, Winter Hawley-Bourcier and Tristan Rowley. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
A familiar face will be on the sidelines for the Decorah boys swim team this winter.
Drew Pellett, who led the boys for five seasons before stepping down, will be back in charge of the program this year.
Pellett inherits a team that gained lots of experience last year under Head Coach Stephanie Drewes and will no doubt be ready to make more improvements this season.
A good season
For the 2012-13 season, the Vikngs relied on 11 returning letter winners, along with a host of newcomers to the program.
They gathered speed all season, finding the right quartets for the relays and putting the swimmers in their strongest event. They entertained Decorah fans early in the season in their home meet, winning all 11 events.
The season came to an end at the district meet. As a team, the Vikes finished sixth overall with 69 points. All three relays posted times under their seed time, as all three finished sixth overall. Also in the top-10 were Dalton Matt in the 500-yard freestyle, Mac Faldet in the 100-yard freestyle and Jerod Heying in the 100-yard backstroke. Despite the good conclusion to the season, the Vikes failed to qualify anyone for the state meet.
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