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Rockets fight numbers battle

By Steve Webb

webb@postbulletin.com

If the same names keep popping up in a lot of events when Rochester John Marshall's boys swim team competes this season, there is good reason.

The Rockets barely have enough swimmers to maintain the team.

"We'll have enough," said longtime coach Paul Bachman. "We have 10 right now."

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Bachman said this is the smallest team since he began coaching there in 1986. He said eight swimmers is the absolute minimum you need to maintain a team.

"You have to have at least one relay," he said.

Things are better at the other two public schools. Mayo and Century will have co-coaches this season and numbers are up.

Veteran coach Kent Quackenbush will continue as one of the coaches and will be joined by Dale Magnuson.

"I have been coaching at Century since they started and I didn't want to just walk away from them," said Quackenbush, who has been retired from teaching for three years.

He coached both teams last season, though they swam as separate teams and will again this season. In fact, the teams will open the season against each other on Thursday.

Century has 22 swimmers and Mayo 15.

Century will be one of the favorites to win the Big Nine championship, despite losing some good swimmers to graduation.

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Rochester John Marshall

Coach: Paul Bachman

Assistant: Scott Diercks. Diving: Rich Ballard.

Outlook: The Rockets don't have the depth or experience to win many meets, though they should win some individual events. Junior John Delmundo went to state last year in the breast stroke and individual medley events. Junior Aaron Triebenbach just missed going to state last year in the breast stroke. Greg Thompson is sophomore, but in his first year on the JM team. He has been a club swimmer and should help the team in distance events and butterfly.

Roster

Seniors: Todd Becker, John Farmer, Will Sherman.

Juniors: Bobby Croghun (diver), John Delmundo, Aaron Triebenbach.

Sophomores: Matt Banks, Alexander Novitsky, Alex Plaetzer. Ninth grade: Kendrick Bachman, Greg Thompson.

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Schedule:

Dec. 8 -- at Winona

Dec. 15 -- Mankato West

Dec. 17 -- at Albert Lea (Tiger Relays)

Dec. 20 -- at Albert Lea

Dec. 22 -- Mankato East

Jan. 5 -- Century

; Jan. 7 -- at Austin (Packer Invite)

Jan. 10 -- at Northfield

Jan. 12 -- at Austin

Jan. 14 -- Invitational at Recreation Center

Jan. 26 -- Mayo

Jan. 31 -- Faribault

Feb. 2 -- at Owatonna

Feb. 7 -- at Farmington

Feb. 11 -- Big Nine Conference meet

Feb. 22-24 -- Section tournament

Rochester Century

Coaches: Kent Quackenbush and Dale Magnuson.

Diving: Greg Andrews

Outlook: The Panthers have the talent to be a very good team and will be one of the favorites to win the Big Nine championship. They have depth and some experience. Some of the swimmers to watch are senior Peter Heidorn, who qualified for the state meet the last two years; Matt Chida, a sophomore who went to state last year; Alex Kiel, a sophomore who qualified for state last year in the 500 freestyle. Dan Lee, Landon Jacobsen, Logan Manlove, Ryan Rush and Alex Colborn all should provide scoring.

Roster

Seniors: Pete Heidorn, Bob Hocraffer, Landon Jacobsen, Alex Colborn.

Juniors: Jake Gabriel, Tylor Johanns, Matt Massaro, Ryan Rush.

Sophomores: Jared Anderson, Carl Berquist, Matt Chida, Alex Gilliland, Alex Kiel, Jordan Kleen, Dan Lee, Logan Manlove.

Ninth-graders: Stephane Chartier, Jarck Kuehn, Mickey Stevens, Mark Strom.

Eighth-grader: Dan Stiving.

Seventh-grader: Robert Real.

Schedule

Dec. 8 -- Mayo

Dec. 15 -- at Faribault

Dec. 17 -- at Albert Lea

Dec. 20 -- Owatonna

Dec. 22 -- at Red Wing

Jan. 5 -- at John Marshall

Jan. 7 -- at Austin (Packer Invite)

Jan. 9 -- at Mankato East

Jan. 12 -- Mankato West

Jan. 14 -- Invitational at Recreation Center

Jan. 19 -- at Albert Lea

Jan. 26 -- Winona

Jan. 31 -- Austin

Feb. 11 -- Big Nine meet at Mankato

Feb. 22-24 -- Section tournament

Rochester Mayo

Coaches: Kent Quackenbush and Dale Magnuson.

Diving: Greg Andrews.

Outlook: The Spartans will be somewhat inexperienced and small, but with some talent. Gone is state qualifier Tyler Davis from last year. His family moved. Junior Luke Fluegel, who was an all-state swimmer last year in the 50 freestyle, has some shoulder problems, but will continue to compete. Garrett Byrne, a sophomore, has improved a lot and should help the team. Sophomore Herbie Rosen could also step forward.

Roster

Seniors: Mohammed Gaafar, Brent Jewell.

Juniors: Trevor Barker, Luke Fluegel, Keegan McCaskie, Nick Housmans.

Sophomores: Garrett Byrne, Aric Mann, Herbie Rosen, Jeff Ulsh, James Williams.

Ninth-graders: Peter Craig, Joseph Lund, Jonathan Oullette, Christopher White.

Eighth-grader: Zach Einck.

Schedule

Dec. 8 -- at Century

Dec. 15 -- Austin

Dec. 17 -- at Albert Lea

Dec. 20 -- at Mankato East

Dec. 22 -- at Red Wing

Jan. 5 -- Winona

Jan. 7 -- At Austin (Packer Invite)

Jan. 10 -- at; Faribault

Jan. 14 -- Invitational at Recreation Center

Jan. 20 -- Owatonna

Jan. 26 -- at John Marshall

Jan. 31 -- at Mankato West

Feb. 2 -- Albert Lea

Feb. 11 -- Big Nine Conference meet

Feb. 22-24 -- Section tournament

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