"This year, our relay is the same as last year, so we basically know how fast we need to be and where we need to be," Nye said. "Since we've swam with each other, we can tune the diving, and minor details we can use to be faster."
Tomorrow the team heads to Harrah for their first meet of the season. New rules this year mandate the top eight swimmers from a regional tournament are guaranteed a place in state. With this new goal in mind, Ross says the team is confident of returning to state, or going one better.
"When we went to state, there was 19 teams," Ross said. "The format this year is 24. We were in the top 20 last year, so there's a good chance we'll be in the top 24.
That's what we're focussing on."