“Grand Junction has won the league the past three years and our goal will be to move into that top spot,” Almgren said. “We have a big enough group to do it and we are going to do everything we can control to move into that top spot.”
With a high number of returning swimmers along with some new faces in the sophomore and junior class, there are 23 swimmers and four divers currently swimming for the Indians. The numbers are solid enough to fill the 16 swimmers and three divers needed to fully compete in the season’s meets.
“This is a real dominant group and I think we are real fortunate to get some new bodies on the team,” Almgren, who is in his 18th year of coaching, said.
With the season underway, the competition will kick into high gear this weekend as the Indians host the two-day Montrose Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Montrose will host two more home meets on April 9 and April 22 when it will host Moffat County High School.
Perhaps the biggest test for the Indians, as Almgren said, will be the meet in Grand Junction on April 30. By then, the team should have an idea on what it needs to do to de-throne the repeat league champions, Grand Junction High School.
“We have really only been training for two weeks. What we have to do now is start training for something bigger than themselves and step up on a daily basis,” he said. “If we put more emotion and energy into our training, it will come.
“It’s a little too early to say what our team goals are but we will see how things shake out. It takes some time. Right now, though, we are talking about getting the opportunity to winning the league and then will move to individual goals.”