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Woodbury enters second year under Lieder

Woodbury coach Michelle Lieder worked tirelessly throughout the last few weeks as the season quickly approached for the Royals. Lieder is entering her second year at the helm of the Woodbury swimming and diving program and knows this year could be special for her squad.

Though the Royals lost some talented athletes from last season’s team, it returns the bulk of their young contributors across the board. That, coupled with some of the veteran leaders the team possesses, could be a recipe for success this season.

Woodbury has about 20 new swimmers and divers this season, according to Lieder, and most of those athletes come with some type of club-team experience.

Those new swimmers and divers could determine the success of the Royals this season. If they perform at a high level, the team could be a force to be reckoned with from the first meet of the year. If they take a little longer to develop, the team could still be a year or so away from peak form. It’ll soon become apparent which fold both the swimmers and divers fall into this season.

That isn’t the kind of pressure Lieder is putting on her team this year, though.

Lieder doesn’t mention end of the year expectations when talking about what would make this a successful season for her team. She knows results will come if the squad is focused on the day-to-day processes.

Woodbury competed at a fairly high level last season and finished with a 6-3 record in the Suburban East Conference. It performed quite well at the section meet before earning a 20th place finish at the state competition.

Though her first year can be considered a success, Lieder cited a number of swimmers and divers that could help Woodbury best that performance in her second campaign.

Lieder will also have some help throughout the process from Royals’ captains Daphne Kroells, Whitney Nelson, Ana Sortland, and Meghan Miller. Those four athletes will lead from within and that leadership could prove instrumental if the roster hopes to reach a high level of success.

It should be an exciting season for the Royals, and Lieder and the rest of her staff seem ready to hit the pool.

“We are very excited about our young talent this season and their potential impact on our … squads,” Lieder said. “We are looking forward to a season full of hard work, excitement, athletic growth, and team cohesiveness.”