Coaches Report: Minot Swim & Dive HC Jake Solper | News, Sports, Jobs
A year ago, the Minot Magicians swim and dive team won their 29th state championship in the program’s history, the Western Dakota Association’s most by far. It also turned out to be the fourth consecutive state crown for the Magi.
This season, Minot will embark on his journey for a fifth consecutive championship starting Saturday, December 11 at Bismarck in a double encounter against the Legacy Sabers.
The Minot Daily News has reached out to 14th grade head coach Jake Solper to get his take on the upcoming campaign and what he expects from his student athletes this winter.
DND: Talk about how training camp and the offseason are going for team members.
Solper: We are delighted to be on our way to the season. The guys started the season with enthusiasm, focus and intensity. A large number of swimmers spent time during the offseason competing in other sports, participating in on-land training programs and / or training with the club program as part of the club program. preseason swimming. The dedication of the athletes is phenomenal and we can’t wait to get into the competitive part of the season.
MDN: Dominic Yoder and Josh Boen were instrumental in the success of the program last year. With their degree, how do you plan to replace this level of productivity?
Solper: Unfortunately, every year we get some spectacular athletic credentials. Last year was no exception. At the state competition, Dominic Yoder and Josh Boen were part of our record-setting 200 IM relay team and also helped clinch first place in the 400 freestyle relay. Dominic and Josh also finished first and second in the 200 IM respectively.
Dominic won the 100 backstroke and Josh was second in the 100 breaststroke. The two contributed 154 of the team’s 433 total points in the state meeting. Their contributions and leadership have led our team to last year. Now, as with all other state programs, it’s this year’s seniors who will need to lead the charge through their leadership and competitive contributions.
We are fortunate to have a top notch senior class this season, supported by incredible athletes at all levels. This year’s team will uncover our current strengths and weaknesses and strive to improve our areas of weakness while using our strengths to do our best. It is always fun to navigate through a season as we learn more about our team and watch the athletes take on the challenge of realizing their competitive potential in all the areas the team needs.
MDN: How many seniors do you have on the team this year and what is your overall level of expectation from your upper class students?
Solper: This season we have 52 athletes on our roster led by 13 seniors. Even though it is extremely early in the season, we have unwavering confidence that this year’s senior class will provide the leadership, culture and competitive advantage our team needs to realize their full potential.
DND: Before taking on Legacy on the road on December 11, what do you think is the greatest strength your swimmers bring to the table?
Solper: The first meetings of the season are an opportunity for us to begin to discover the strengths and weaknesses of our team. It is already evident that some of our greatest strengths this year will be competitiveness, dedication, determination and a positive team culture. We’ll learn more about event-specific strengths throughout the season.
One specific area that we know we will be relying on a lot this year will be our dive team. We are fortunate to have very experienced divers who are very motivated to contribute to the success of the team. Last year our divers scored 42 points in diving in the state’s only competition. We look forward to their outstanding performances this season.
MDN: What’s the most enjoyable part of embarking on another season with the Mages?
Solper: I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing program surrounded by even more amazing athletes and coaches.