Boys’ swim quietly emerges as a talented team this season


Morgan Williams

Senior captain Tyler Metz is emerging as the most talented swimmer in BSM boys’ swim history, as he is looking to win the 100 yard freestyle at State this season.

The BSM boys’ swim team is back, and after a successful 2015-2016 campaign where several of their swimmers advanced to State, they are ready to build on their past success.  Led by senior captains Jack Boase, Tommy McGinn, and Tyler Metz, the team is ready for another successful season.

Although there weren’t captains practices or team workouts before the season, many of the swimmers stayed active this summer, swimming for country club teams in the summer and/or for independent club swim teams throughout the offseason.  McGinn swam for the Interlachen/Minikahda swim team this summer, along with the Aquajets Swim Team this fall, along with many other athletes on the team.

Despite the loss of former senior Peter McCague, the team boasts plenty of talented juniors and seniors as well as younger talent, and they are ready to compete in Section 2A and place as many swimmers as possible into the State A Meet.  “Sending swimmers to State is always the pinnacle of the season,” McGinn said.  

Many swimmers are expected to compete in the State A Meet this March at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.  Metz especially is expected to perform well, and McGinn will try to continue his streak of competing at State for every season of his high school swimming career.  The team is also expecting major contributions from underclassmen such as sophomore Matthew McGonigle, who has really emerged as a major force this season.  “We also have other very talented swimmers, like junior Michael Hunter, who has improved a lot in the past year.  Another big addition for the team has been junior Graham Noble, who just came to BSM from California and is new to the team this year,” McGinn said.   

The team will have a tough schedule ahead, though, with matchups against a talented St. Louis Park team and a large Chaska/Chanhassen team, but just beat Bloomington Jefferson for the first time in the program’s history.  “Coming off of a huge win against Bloomington Jefferson, we feel a true sense of momentum and we are undefeated at this point of the season for the first time in a very long time,” McGinn said.  “From a Section standpoint, we believe that we can hang with the top of the competition and place swimmers into the State Meet,” Hunter said.

The boys swim team has had a successful 1-0 start to their season and is prepared to ride this success all the way to the State A Meet.  The Red Knights have a long break from competition during Christmas Break and will next compete on Thursday, January 5, against the combined Chaska/Chanhassen team on the road at the Chaska Community Center.