“We want them to keep working harder, and they’ve been doing that so far really well,” Hayton said. “They want to make it to the state tournament, and they set their minds to that everyday.”
One example of that is the junior varsity team. Not only did they throttle their opponent Thursday, they’re also laying the groundwork for what Kao and Hayton think could be some good potential.
“Those kids choose to come in the morning and get after it so they can travel with us on weekends and maybe dress varsity toward the end of the season,” Hayton said.
It showed in the water, too.
“Our team that placed third in the 200 free relay has three underclassmen, and that was awesome to see,” Kao said. “Those guys know what the goals and expectations are; we’re showing them the ropes day-by-day.”
The bar is set high for the Kings, and Kao believes that’s the way it needs to be.
“My freshman year, the bar was set extremely high with the Super Four (Matt Boyd, Andrew Howes, Evan Tuisl, Andrew Tuisl), but it’s set pretty highbecause the captains want to see the team get faster to become better.”
The other captains are Ian Howes, who is out with a shoulder injury helping out with the JV team, and junior Josh Hill.
“Josh shows his leadership by example, working hard in the pool and gets everyone rallied together,” Hayton said.
Hill had two individual second-place finishes.
The Kings return to the pool Tuesday as they travel to Dubuque to face Senior and Hempstead.
CLINTON 97, DAVENPORT NORTH 72
200-yard medley relay — 1. Clinton (Trevor Kao, Nate Harden, Josh Hill, Koner Frandsen) 1:50.78; 2. North 1:58.07; 3. Clinton (Aaron Stumbaugh, Cameron Weaver, Ben Lauritzen, Michael Barger) 2:02.24; 4. Clinton (Garrett Stumbaugh, Daniel Shaw, Devante Martin, Zane Jensen) 2:20:81; 5. North 2:31.20.