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For the past three months, the Ozark  boys swim and dive team have been practicing up to eight hours a week at the John H. Foster Natatorium in Springfield with Glendale and have prepared for the Cape Rock Invitationals in Cape Girardeau the weekend of September 29.

First year Freshman swimmer Trenton Crisp is swimming his two hundred IM which is 50 meters (down and back) breast, back, butterfly, and free stroke. “ I’m really good at the two hundred IM and the 100 breaststroke.” states Crisp.

The boys swim and dive season lasts from July 29 to November 3. “I feel like we’ve been doing pretty good. At Webb City, Glendale got first and Ozark got 3rd,” says freshman swimmer Trenton Crisp. Crisp excels in the two hundred IM (individual medley) and the one hundred breaststroke.

“We usually have a 10-15 minute warm up. It just depends on what coach has in store for us. We have eight practices a week for a total of fifteen and a half hours, way more than the football team gets yet we hardly get noticed,” Crisp states.

However, Crisp noted that he likes practicing with the other schools because the seniors are helping the freshmen swimmers.

First year Freshman diver Chaz Smith gets prepared to do a one and a half front. Smith prepares for his dives by being punctual. “I just have to be there on time really, because I prepare myself through the dive.” states Smith

“I just wanted to try new things,” added freshman diver Chaz Smith when asked why he began diving.“I had mental blocks for everything. It took me two weeks to really get into the swing of things.”

Smith, along with his other teammates, have improved his skills this year. “I can pull off a reverse flip pretty well, I really cleaned up my one and a half front, and If I tuck tighter, I can do a double front,” Smith exclaims.

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