Swimming and diving preview: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks have plenty of talent, but COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in a vastly altered 2020 season.
Head coach: Rachel Peterson
Dive coach: Meredith Romanini
Assistant coaches: Jeff Kalm, Shari Herman
Returning swimmers: Seniors Elise Carlson, Anna Carlson, Bailey Myhrman and Grace Liupakka; and juniors Halle Zuck, Madeline Gorski, Mollie Belich, Emily Vermeersch, Sydney Skutevik, Melody Hietala, Carlee Downs
New faces to watch: Katie Metzer, Eryka Moran, Anika Elsmore, Madison Padgett, Jolie Urie, Shelby Zahn and Allison Ringat
Team strengths: "Young talent and phenomenal team spirit," according to coach Rachel Peterson.
Biggest challenge: Peterson said the Lumberjacks have a number of challenges related to COVID-19-related restrictions including split practices to limit the number of swimmers in the pool; a shortened season and the loss of invitational meets; and fans prevented from attending meets.
Coach's assessment: " COVID created some huge emotional challenges for our young, but talented, team," Peterson said. "We look forward to challenging every team member to set individual goals as a driver for self-awareness in working on both strengths and weaknesses during this highly-modified competitive season. Every day in the water is a gift."