’Jacket swimmers top-heavy with Jrs.

WILLIAMSTOWN – With the exception of one freshman, the Williamstown High School swim program enters the 2013-14 season with a balanced roster.

Of the three seniors, Shealee Mossor is the lone swimmer who lettered last season and has been named the team captain.

“Shealee is a hard worker and is goal-oriented,” Williamstown coach Shannon McCale said.

Also competing for the Yellowjackets are returning junior letter winners Chelsey Butler, Alli Corra, Sarah DeBolt, Savannha Dedrick, Katie McDuffy and Kristianna Weppler.

Weppler was a state qualifier in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle as a sophomore.

Both Weppler and DeBolt are expected to make a strong push once again this season. DeBolt missed by tenths of a second from qualifying for the state meet in the 500 freestyle.

She placed 25th at regionals, and the top 24 advanced.

“I anticipate Kristianna Weppler making it to the state meet for the third time,” McCale said. “Hopefully, Sarah DeBolt can push through this year and make it to the state meet.”

The list of newcomers are seniors Joe Buckley and Joseph Sikorski, juniors Alex Ferguson and Mikal Dufor, sophomores Amber Cox, Rylee Cunningham and Erica Wickham, and freshman Elissa Erb.

“All of the new members of the team have been working really hard and making great improvements,” McCale said. “I look forward to seeing them swim in meets and make more improvements throughout the season.”

The lone casualty to graduation was Tori Poole.

“Tori will be greatly missed,” McCale said. “She was a huge motivator to the rest of the team. She kept us laughing through the tough parts of the season.”