Hoffman combines freestyle, backstroke to earn RTC Boys Swimmer of Year
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Welcome to the first ever All-RTC boys swimming team.
No area swimmer made the state finals this year, but if anything, teams continue to get deeper.
For example, Tippecanoe Valley edged out traditional power Maconaquah for the 200 medley relay title at the Three Rivers Conference meet in Maconaquah’s pool on Jan. 23. Relay strength is a sign of a program building depth, and that unquestionably happened during coach Katelyn Bradley’s first season.
By the way, Valley’s medley relay team that won the conference title had no seniors while Maconaquah’s team had three.
Our area swimmer of the year is Valley’s Brandon Hoffman. Hoffman’s top events are the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. It’s atypical for a swimmer to swim these two events, but Hoffman was strong in both. By the end of the year, his times were under 50 seconds in the freestyle, and under a minute in the backstroke. This means that Hoffman, a junior, will be a top contender to make the state finals in 2022.
Our first team consists of three swimmers and one diver. While our conversations with area coaches helped us with insight into area teams and swimmers, this list is ours and ours alone, and we take full responsibility.
Brandon Hoffman (Tippecanoe Valley) – Hoffman won the TRC in the 100 freestyle in 52.32 seconds. He was third at the sectional in 49.88 seconds, a sign that the taper was paying big dividends. He also cut his backstroke time from 1:00.34 to 56.94. He’s the best Valley swimmer in a generation.
Jake Seuferer (Rochester) – Seuferer made an immediate impact as a freshman, winning the TRC in the 200 freestyle in 1:55.78 and taking third in the 100 freestyle in 53.95 seconds. He was also fifth in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle at sectional.
Carson Parker (Tippecanoe Valley) – Parker’s 100 breaststroke time of 1:07.26 was unusually fast for any swimmer, much less a freshman. Can he break 2:10 in the 200 individual medley? If he keeps improving at this rate, it would seem quite possible.
Kadin Kelly (Rochester) – Kelly set the Rochester diving records for both six and 11 dives, and he made his third straight diving regional.
Joseph Mersch (Pioneer)
Layne Backus (Rochester)
Karl Parker (Tippecanoe Valley)
Anthony Peterson (Rochester)
Braxton Jimenez (Rochester)
Jake Seuferer Kadin Kelly