The Marvin Ridge swimming teams finished another strong regular season.
"This year has gone really well, and we have been very successful," said senior Evan White. "We have won each of our meets except for against the 4A team. That was a tough loss, but OK because we won't have to swim against them in states this year.
"Winning states is our ultimate goal and something that we have wanted since I started here."
Last year, the boys' team finished third in state and second in the region, but they believe they can do better.
"We have so many people back and everyone has gotten a lot better," said junior Lane Bretschneider, last season's conference Swimmer of the Year. "We have really gotten behind each other and cheer each other on. We are a team and not individuals, and we are really looking forward to the regional and state meets. I expect we will have a very good showing."
Bretschneider said the girls' and boys' teams have talent and are deeper than they have been in the past.
"We are disciplined, well-coached and have really good swimmers and divers," he said. "We are a force to be reckoned with."
The Maverick girls will go for their fourth consecutive Southern Carolina Conference title, while the boys will seek their second straight at the conference meet Jan. 21.
The girls this season overcame the loss of some top swimmers.
"We have a great team makeup and are really determined to do our best," said sophomore Lauren Greenberg. "We have a great group of girls, and we are able to bring intensity every time we get in the pool."
"I have a great job as coach, because I can put any of them out there at an event they may not be comfortable at and they will give me their all," said Maverick head coach Laurie Lester.
Lester coached at Weddington before taking over at Marvin Ridge, and the team has not lost a regular-season meet under her coaching.
The Mavericks also started a dive team last year and have a state-title hopeful in freshman Sara Maleski, who Lester says is one of the state's best.
"We are all on the same page as a dive team, and everyone knows what to expect this year," Maleski said. "It has been very fun, and I think we can have a great showing in the upcoming tournaments."
As the dive team works to become a state-title contender, the girls' swim team hopes it can overtake Charlotte Catholic as the dominant team in the state.
"They are a really good team, but we are working hard to get there and be one of the better teams around," said junior Miranda McGaha. "We have what it takes to be a great team."
CorrectionIn the Jan. 8 edition of South Charlotte News, a story about the Marvin Ridge High School swim teams should not have stated they had won the conference title; the conference meet is Jan. 21. Also, the boys' team finished third in the region last year; Lane Bretschneider is a junior; and Lauren Greenberg is a sophomore.