The boys are a little short on numbers, but the girls are long on talent and ready to make a run at a district title, as the Seaside swim team prepares for the 2007-08 season.
They'll have to get past five-time champion Astoria and Taft to do it, but the Seaside girls "should be pretty strong," said Gulls coach Gary Terranova. "We still have a very young team, but a lot of good returners."
Numbers and talent are both on the side of the Seaside and Taft girls this year, as the Gulls and Tigers will be looking to do what no one as been able to do the last five years - score more points than Astoria at the district meet.
Meanwhile, the Tillamook boys are ready for a repeat of their district-winning performance last year.
"I haven't really gotten into looking at where the other teams are at," Terranova said. "I know the Tillamook boys are returning a lot. And the Astoria girls and boys are always two teams to look at. The Taft girls will definitely be good. A lot of the top teams from last year haven't lost a lot."
Terranova would "like to see our girls in the top three in league," he said. "That's definitely a goal for us. We have a lot of depth, with a lot of girls right in the middle of the pack. So when it comes to the bigger meets, those girls who may not be all-stars but can hold their own, we can pick up points there."
For the boys, "we won't even be able to put together two relays to get the points there," he said. "So we already know that we'll be minimized on the boys' side."
Seaside's two big point scorers from last year both return as senior Laura Coddington and sophomore Stephanie Hanthorn will both figure into the Gulls' success in the water this year.
Hanthorn was first in the district 100-yard freestyle and second in the 50-yard freestyle, while Coddington placed second in the individual medley and backstroke.
"Stephanie will stick with the freestyle, and we're kind of debating whether to add some backstroke to that, or some longer distances," Terranova said. "Laura is still between her backstroke and freestyle."
The Gulls also bring back district placers Simone Giess (fifth, butterfly; sixth, breaststroke), sophomore Jessica Gilligan (sixth, 200 IM) and Trish Symonds (sixth, 200 free). Giess and Symonds are seniors.
"We also have McKenzie Bauske (Sr.) and Mina Beckman (Jr.)," Terranova said. "We have a good core of solid returners. Stephanie Hinsvark (exchange student last year) will add to the depth. And Carlie Gilligan has come in as a freshman, and she's one we've definitely been looking forward to seeing.
"We're looking to have a pretty good medley relay, with Carlie on the breaststroke, Simone on the butterfly, Laura Coddington on the back, and Stephanie on the free."
Meanwhile, "the guys are pretty scarce (with only nine turning out)," Terranova said.
"Jesse Willyard swam two years ago but missed last year. He will try the breaststroke and some freestyle; we have Cole Schwarz in the freestyle; and Hunter Beaudoin is a new swimmer, and hopefully he can step in as our fastest in the freestyle."