Survive and advance; Knights reach the Class LL swimming finals in 3 relays and 6 individual events

“There are no guarantees, and it’s a small window of opportunity this year because the field is so fast,” said the coach. “Just look at the 50 freestyle. There were 52 kids that qualified for the automatic time, and they make those times to try to aim for 36 kids at the qualifying meet. Usually, they don’t even get 36 to qualify and they have to use the next best kids to fill out the field. It’s a really fast field this year.”

No matter what happens at the finals, Tuttle said that the team has exceeded his wildest expectations.

“It isn’t like we haven’t been a team in the past, but this is the most cohesive group that I’ve been a part of,” he said. “In terms of the number of people that we have performing at a high level, this team has a greater number of kids than even I could have expected. We don’t necessarily have an easy state open bid in there like we had last year with Mike Smigelski, but we’ve got more kids at finals than ever.”

Now comes the fun part…

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