After some struggles last week including a barrage of disqualifications, Cody boys swim coach Jason Koperski decided to change things up during practice.
“We started an endurance program to get rid of bad habits,” he said. “We wanted to hold our breaths as long as we can.”
At the Worland Pre-Invite on Friday, it worked for many on the team.
Trevor Freyder finished fourth in the 50 free and third in the 500 free.
“He did phenomenal,” Koperski said. “Everything is starting to click.”
Peter Kim finished fourth in the 200 free, but cut 10 seconds from his best time.
“I felt like the endurance training really paid off for all of us on the team,” he said. “It was pretty challenging but it really helped out. I was really surprised on how well I did on the 200. I wasn’t really suspecting myself to cut so much time, but when I got out of the water and looked at my time, I felt really proud about myself and now I hope I can qualify for it.”
Dealing with a shoulder issue, Bradley Fick swam the 50 and 100 free, finishing second in both.
The 400 free relay of Joren Vipperman, Andrew Eissinger, Parker Laing and Kim finished third, as did the 200 free relay of Fick, Vipperman, Hope and Jonah Woods. The 200 yard medley relay team of Freyder, Ethan Hope, Kim and Fick finished sixth.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in the 400 relay,” Kim said. “Our team was a pretty good mix. We had Joren Vipperman, Parker Laing and Andrew Eissinger. It was the last event and everyone was tired, but we all put our last amount of energy into it, and we got third. I was really proud of them, and also the whole team as well.”
As Koperski wanted to get the Broncs out of their comfort zones, many swam events they don’t normally do.
Kim finished seventh in the 100 fly.
“A lot of people don’t like fly and a lot of people don’t like to hear the words ‘You’re in the 100 fly,’” he said. “I too wasn’t too happy to be in it, but when I got in the water and started doing it, I felt great. Sure it’s not my favorite stroke to do, but at the end when I finished, I felt really accomplished.”
Freshman swimmers Parker Laing and Jonah Woods swam the 500 for the first time in competition. Laing finished fifth and Woods a few seconds behind in sixth.
“It went good,” Koperski said. “Jonah had to swim the relay shortly after but he sucked it up and did it.”
The Broncs were missing two swimmers from its already small team due to the production of “Romeo and Juliet,” but both will be back for the dual Tuesday at Powell.
200 yard medley relay – 6. Cody (Trevor Freyder, Peter Kim, Ethan Hope, Bradley Fick) 2:14.90.
200 yard free – 4. Kim 2:19.45, 7. Jonah Woods 2:30.04.
50 yard free – 2. Fick 25.36, 4. Freyder 26.11, 10. Joren Vipperman 27.03, 11. Andrew Eissinger 27.83, 16. Parker Laing 32.58.
100 yard fly – 7. Kim 1:29.27, 9. Hope 1:34.74.
100 yard free – 2. Fick 56.10, 5. Vipperman 1:00.06,
500 yard free - 3. Freyder 6:44.52, 5. Laing 7:53.94, 6. Woods 7:58.93.
200 yard free relay – 3. Cody (Fick, Vipperman, Hope, Woods) 1:53.95.
100 yard breaststroke – 7. Eissinger 1:20.00.
400 yard free relay – 3. Cody (Vipperman, Eissinger, Laing, Kim) 4:35.60.