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Prep boys swimming preview: Superior Spartans

The team's first meet is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Menomonie.

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Superior’s Mason Larsen swims to a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley during the Spartans meet vs. Menomonie Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Superior. Larsen is one of the veteran swimmers returning this year. Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram

Coach: Bill Punyko

Assistant coach: Jake Noonan

Returning swimmers: Ryan Peterson, distance freestyle; Mason Larsen, sprint freestyle and backstroke; Ezekiel Fish, middle distance freestyle and butterfly; Joe Duzell, freestyle; Eli Benson, freestyle and backstroke.

New face to watch: Paolo Pagnucci, breaststroke and other events.

Team strengths: "We're young — a lot of developing talent — but we have experience from swimming with the YMCA as middle schoolers," Punyko said.

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Biggest challenge: "The biggest challenge is staying healthy with the pandemic still raging," he said.

Coach's assessment

"We'll be better than last year because of the new talent," Punyko said. "Success is defined by time improvement rather than winning races. You can't win races if you don't get faster."

The team's first meet is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Menomonie.

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