Written by Anthony Nasella
Young Shepard swimmers succeeding
Last year’s Shepard boys swimming team was blessed with a large volume of senior swimmers that made for a fun and competitive season for the Astros and head coach Tricia Biedron.
And while this year’s squad is significantly younger, Shepard is still blessed with some talented swimmers who are finishing first in events and improving on their times in each meet.
During last Thursday’s meet against Reavis, the Astros received first place finishes from junior Sanders Yu (200 IM-2:12.94, 100 breast-1:07.50), sophomore Zach Sierzega (50 free-23.40, 100 free-53.02), sophomore Jeremy Schultz (500 free-5:43.23), sophomore Hayden Wiest (100 backstroke-59.57); and the 400 Free relay team of Schultz, Wiest, Yu, Sierzega (3:36.22).
In addition, Yu won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke at Friday’s meet against Tinley Park, while Sierzega won the 100 free and Wiest captured the 100 back.
“Sanders is the older swimmer of the group because the team is made up of mostly sophomores,” Biedron said. “We’re definitely on the young side, and Sanders is one of our leaders that is stepping up. He specialized in 200 IM and can swim the strokes quite well.