The Clearfield Bison Swimming Team Prepare for a Season Under New Leadership


Olivia Rowles

After losing long-time head coach Jackie Morrison, the Clearfield High School Swimming and Diving team is looking towards the future of the program starting with the 2022-2023 season. This follows the boy’s 10th consecutive and the girl’s 7th consecutive district 9 championship in March of 2022.

When I interviewed one of the swim captains, Nick Vaow, he said, “Getting a new coach is a scary but refreshing experience. Everyone knows that coach Mo was a very successful coach who trained a lot of successful swimmers so when we heard she was retiring there was some obvious concerns.” Coach Morrison was the Bison Swim Team’s head coach for 33 years. She will be replaced by Mr. Jon Mikesell. Despite coach Mo’s success, Vaow has faith in his new coaches: “I feel our new coaches, coach Mikesell and coach Claire, are doing a very good job in preparing us for the upcoming season.”

The Bison swim team has a very bright season in their future despite losing many seniors. Vaow says, “We lost around six or seven seniors, which was a major loss for the team. We only have 2 freshman boys coming in… although we have this deficit, the teammates and coaches have worked very hard in the off-season recruiting people for the team, and we were able to make up for the loss.”

Last year the team was able to send multiple swimmers to States. They were able to send six male swimmers, five female swimmers, as well as two divers. The team has four captains including Danna Bender, Danielle Cline, Nick Vaow, and Derick Mikesell. The Bison’s season began on December 9th at Huntington Area High School.