First year head coach, James Jacobi, has announced six Knights to captain the team for the 2019-2020 season. Bryan Teffeteller, Rhese Goodsite, Ben Engel, Katharine Ward, Alexis Bender and Taylor Widmann will be captains for the upcoming season.
Bryan Teffeteller was a key member of the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams that reached the finals of last year’s state championship. Teffeteller also was a state finalist his Sophomore year and made the state team his Freshman season. Bryan adds valuable depth in both the freestyle and backstroke.
Rhese Goodsite joined Teffeteller on last year’s 400 free relay team that was a finalist at state championships. Goodsite’s flexibility of stroke discipline allows Coach Jacobi to plug him into various roles during a meet. He won multiple events in dual meets against both Northview and Roswell during his Junior campaign. Rhese is also a cross country letter winner.
Ben Engel made the state dive team in both his Sophomore and Junior years. Ben will be filling a valuable role in leading the dive team. Ben’s improvement in the dive discipline each year has the Knights looking for solid contributions from Ben in his Senior year.
Katharine Ward returns for her final season as a Knight after winning four medals at last year’s state championship. She earned gold in the 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay. She won the bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke. 2019 was Katharine’s second consecutive year winning the state championship in the 200IM. She owns school records in both the 200IM and 200 freestyle relay.
Alexis Bender was named captain after a breakout Junior season. She was a finalist in the 100 breaststroke and led off the 200 free relay in what was quite possibly the biggest surprise swim of last year’s state meet. Originally seeded 36th, the Knight’s relay improved over 5 seconds to final and finish in 7th place.
Taylor Widmann was named captain after showing significant growth in both the backstroke and freestyle strokes during her Junior season. Widmann’s backstroke specialty will be a valuable commodity in 2019-2020 as the Knights look to replace the school record holder Elly Deas.