Parker swim unveils extensive roster
“This is the deepest team I’ve had in the eight years that I’ve coached here,” the Vikings’ Eric Rhodes said.
Rhodes can rely on five experienced seniors, including two-time state qualifier David Dvorak. Parker has five returning juniors and six returning sophomores. Overall, there are 28 on the roster.
Dvorak finished fifth in the state 200 individual medley last February. He broke Dave Holland’s 30-year-old school records in the IM and the 100 breastroke.
Rhodes said Dvorak is poised to win an individual medley state championship.
“He is just huge,” Rhodes said. “He has developed his upper body this summer.’’
While Rhodes marveled at Dvorak’s improved physical strength, the coach also Dvorak’s mental approach has grown, too.
“He’s been growing this killer instinct since he was a freshman,” Rhodes said. “He is so focused on success.’’
Seniors Luke Witek, Dylan Swenson, Seth Lambert and John Zillmer will complement Dvorak.
Rhodes expects Witek to make significant contributions in the freestyle events. Swenson will swim the butterfly and be among “a mitt full of guys” vying for a spot in the 200 freestyle relay.
Egemen Gozojlu, a foreign exchange student from Turkey, brings an added demension to Parker.
Rhodes said Gozojlu, 18, has been swimming for 11 years, but it’s been about 18 months since Gozojlu has done so competitively. The coach said there is very little rust.
“For a guy who has been out of the water for a year and a half, I’ll take him,” Rhodes said.
Marcus Genrich and Nick Olin lead the juniors.
Genrich just missed a state berth in the breastroke as a sophomore.
“Olin made a huge improvement in the butterfly,” Rhodes said. “It would be no surprise if he qualified for state.’’
Junior Dustin Moench comes to the Parker pool from the football field.
“He is so darn strong,” Rhodes said. “He is not smooth, but he’s so strong that I think he can do some incredible things this year.’’
Other juniors expected to make contributions include Zach Chekouras, Steve Hudy, Ryan Turner and Braden McIntosh.
Parker’s top sophomores are Jacob Johnson in mid-to-long distance events, and Caleb Sigmund in the backstroke and freestyle races.
Rhodes also likes freshman Markus Murdy’s mental tenacity.
“He’s one of the most mentally strong kids that I have met,” Rhodes said. “You can do anything with him. If he stays four years, he should have a good career.’’
The Vikings’ biggest goals this season are defeating Janesville Craig in a dual meet and winning the Manitowoc Invitational.
Parker has not defeated Craig in a Big Eight dual since Rhodes became head coach.
The Vikings’ schedule:
NOVEMBER: 30—Madison Memorial.
DECEMBER: 1—Craig Invitational, 10 a.m. 7—Madison East, 5 p.m. 8—Parker Relays, 11 a.m. 14—At Madison West, 5 p.m. 15—Elkhorn Invitational, 10 a.m. 21—Madison La Follette/Sun Prairie, 5 p.m. 26—Alumni meet ,at Janesville Parker, 10 a.m.
JANUARY: 11—At Middleton, 5 p.m. 12—Manitowoc Invitational. 18—At Beloit Memorial, 5 p.m. 19—Menomonee Falls Invitational, 10 a.m. 25—Janesville Craig, 5 p.m. 26—At Racine Invitational.
February: 2—Big Eight meet, at Middleton, 10 a.m. 9—WIAA sectionals. 16—WIAA state meet at UW Natatorium.