The Burroughs Bombers are enjoying the rarified air of a highly successful swim season to date. There’s two main reasons for this success. That would be senior Adam Hotaling and junior Kevin Steinhouse.
Both will swim on the 400 yard relay at state (Second Saturday in November). Hotaling swims the 100 yard back stroke and the 200 yard individual medley while Steinhouse is a sprinter in the 50 and 100 meter events. So far, the Bombers are 8-0-1 in duels, beating MICDS late last week, 103-73.
This could wind up being the best Burroughs swim team in school history. Patch caught up with these two swimmers moments before they took to the tank with the rival Rams for a quick interview.
Adam Hotaling, senior:
Patch.com: Are you a sprinter.
Hotaling: I swim on that 400 yard free relay but I am definitely not a sprinter.
Patch: Is it nice to be atop the area schools.
Hotaling: Yes, especially against schools with enrollments, 4, 5 times as much as us or even 10 times as much. I really think it speaks to how talented this group is.
Patch: What’s your biggest win this year.
Hotaling: It would definitely be Chaminade. We had not beaten them since 1986. I have swum three years here and out of school I swim for Clayton Shaw Park.
Patch: What is the training schedule.
Hotaling: We are in the pool Mondays through Friday, and sometimes on Saturday and once a week we do weight practice.
Patch: Is everything geared to the state meet.
Hotaling: Pretty much.
Kevin Steinhouse, junior
Patch: So is this your third year of swimming.
Steinhouse. No, actually my freshman year I played soccer then I switched over to swimming last year.
Patch: How do you like being on this team.
Steinhouse: Oh yes, these are the best group of guys I’ve ever been with. This is the team in years or ever and I’m really excited.
Patch: Who else is on your relay teams.
Steinhouse: In the medley relay, Daniel Diemer swims free style; Brad Riew, Robert Beckles and me. For the 200 relay, we have Tyler Waterman, Beckles, Dieman and myself. On the 400 free relay, we have Adam (Hotaling), Beckles, Waterman and I.
Patch: Do you swim anchor on on the relays.
Steinhouse: Yes, but I swim back stroke in the medley so I lead off.
Patch: Any thoughts where you might finish at state in November.
Steinhouse: My dad went through all of the times recorded so far. Based on his predictions, we are shooting for 5th or higher.
Patch: Where will the challenge come from.
Steinhouse: Blue Springs has won it a lot. Rockhurst won it last year. Lafayette is pretty good and Parkway Central will contend and SLUH is always up there too.
Patch: What’s the overall attitude of the team.
Steinhouse: When we swim our best, we can’t be beat.
That was the case Friday. The Bombers won all but 3 of the races and rolled over MICDS 103-73.