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Underclassmen lead Alliance back to State

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Freshman Tristan Vieth heads to State as the Alliance's only individual swimming qualifier Freshman Tristan Vieth heads to State as the Alliance's only individual swimming qualifier
Eau Claire Alliance freshman Tristan Vieth Eau Claire Alliance freshman Tristan Vieth
Eau Claire Alliance sophomore Sam Hower Eau Claire Alliance sophomore Sam Hower
Noah Schultz makes his third straight trip to State Noah Schultz makes his third straight trip to State
Eau Claire Alliance senior Noah Schultz Eau Claire Alliance senior Noah Schultz

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- For more than 40 years, Eau Claire has been represented at the WIAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Championships. That streak continues this season for the Eau Claire Alliance, even after losing an impressive senior class - headlined by Paul DeLakis - to graduation.

This year's edition of the Alliance won the Division 1 Sectional title without a single senior swimmer on the roster, and their only individual qualifier in a swimming event is freshman Tristan Vieth in the 100 yard butterfly. But even with some new and young faces on the biggest stage, the team is focusing on the little things.

"Dylan [Leonard] has us visualize a lot of our races, and it's more of my usual routine, of just packing my bag and just being 100 percent prepared," says Vieth.

"You just have to try to pick up on the small techniques, I guess, try to get those really down," explains sophomore Sam Hower, "You're just trying to think about what you did wrong at Sectionals, and you're trying to fix it now, improve, and try to score some points."

The Alliance will look to get another big boost from their diving corp, led by senior Noah Schultz. Schultz is a two-time sectional champion and three time state qualifier, finishing 5th overall in one meter diving at state last season. But he says he still has some things to shore up before Saturday rolls around.

"What I'm working on mostly is my entries because that's what's been killing me the last couple of meets," Schultz explains, "I've been trying a bunch of new dives the past couple meets, so I have a lot more degree of difficulty than last year, but the entries aren't looking as good so I'm getting the same score, but if I nail those entries, then it's going to be a lot higher score overall."

The diving competition kicks off the state meet this Saturday at 10 a.m. The swimming portion of the meet begins at 3 p.m.

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