New coach looks for well-rounded Dragons

Dallas swimming preview

DALLAS -- Dallas has a first-year swimming coach in Jeff Bemrose -- and the new coach has brought some fresh training techniques with him.

Bemrose, who took over the program from Vicci Mathis, competed in intramural swimming at Oregon State University and also has participated in numerous triathlons in the past 15 years. Bemrose has coached swimming at the YMCA in Salem and takes part in a Masters swimming program.

"My philosophy is it's always best to be well-rounded," Bemrose said. "A lot of cross training is very beneficial. Being fast in the water is based on strength, endurance and technique. We've been going to Anytime Fitness and working with the spinning coach there and lifting weights. We have a good weight room at Dallas, but the Nautilus machines they have (at Anytime Fitness) are better for swimmers.

"They really make those kids work hard. We're doing more than just being in the water every day. They're getting faster. We'll see how it works."

Bemrose said 16 girls have been coming to preseason workouts. The boys team was hit hard by graduation and is starting the 2010-11 campaign with only six swimmers.

The girls will be led by sophomore Deaven Vessell, who set the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke last season. Vessell will swim the breaststroke as well as butterfly and freestyle events.

Others who will play significant roles for the girls include Jenna Munro, Melissa Biery and Brooke Perry.

The top swimmer for the boys just might be freshman Joey Orton, who swims for a club team based in Salem.

"He's quite capable of swimming all the events," Bemrose said. "He wants to do the freestyle events and the relays, and he wants to do the 500 (freestyle)."

Bemrose also has high hopes for Samuel Diaz, who returns from the team after spending a year abroad as an exchange student.

"We'll have a good-sized girls team," Bemrose said. "With the girls, I'm just hoping to improve on last year, which I believe we'll be able to do. The boys team graduated a lot of swimmers, but we do have some good swimmers and some of them are new swimmers."

Bemrose is being assisted this season by former Dallas head swim coach David Morelli and recent Oregon State graduate Andrea Breeden.


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