For the third time in four seasons, the Borgia girls swimming team has a new head coach.
Kelly Brinkmann replaces Kevin Mabie as the team’s head coach this season. Mabie took a job at Waynesville last summer.
“I am looking forward to being a part of the fun of a competitive swim team again,” Brinkmann said. “When I swam in high school and in college, I learned the foundation of hard work, perseverance and commitment. The girls this year are examples of dedicated students and swimmers and I am excited to see what they can do together.”
Brinkmann said both she and Mabie swam at the University of Northern Iowa, but weren’t there at the same time.
Brinkmann will have the team’s original head coach, Jennifer Alferman-Molitor, also helping.
“This is my first year coaching at Borgia and Coach Alferman-Molitor has been a great support,” Brinkmann said. “She has invited me to boys meets and practices to help me learn the ropes. Athletic Director Brad Bruns at Borgia has really been an outstanding support, too. He has fielded a lot of questions and has helped make preparations for the team to have a solid start to the year. Now, we are ramped up and ready to swim.”
Brinkmann has veterans to rely on, including the program’s most successful swimmer.
Emily Reuwer qualified for the state meet two events last season and one as a freshman. Last year, she finished 25th in the 100 backstroke (1:02.29) and 30th in the 100 freestyle (55.21).
As a freshman, she was 40th in the 100 backstroke (1:04.43).
“On behalf of my team, we hope to excel in our individual swimming along with the experience of being a part of a team,” Reuwer said.
Borgia has 16 currently on the roster with three seniors, Grace Fletcher, Katherine Ince and Shelby West.
Juniors are Alex Boehmer, Cassandra Caragine, Rachel Nieder and Reuwer.
Sophomores are Emma Fogarty, Aspen Nelson, Diana Pfeiffer, Olivia Smith and Kate Wunderlich.
Freshmen this year are Grace Overschmidt and Corinne Schroeder.
The Lady Knights started practices a week later than the rest of the winter teams. As the team shares its home, the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA, with Washington High School and the FRAY Penguins, the team size is limited to 18 swimmers.
“We are still a relatively new team,” Brinkmann said. “This is the fourth season for girls swimming at Borgia, so we are laying a solid foundation for all swimmers by focusing on fundamentals, good form, stretching and dry-land training as well as workouts in the water. Last year, the team was second in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association and I think they are committed to swimming their personal best time and time again in meets this year. With a work ethic and commitment like that, we may catch the conference title this year.”
The team can be followed on Twitter @BorgiaSwim.