Thanks to a group of 12 returning from last season, Barnesville High's swim team looks to field its most competitive team yet this season.

The Shamrocks have their largest team ever this year and look to amp up their level of competition this year.

"This is the largest team we've ever fielded," Barnesville coach Bobbi Jo Johnson said. "We have 27 swimmers. A lot of new swimmers came out this year, but we also have several returning lettermen from last year."

Leading the charge is senior Shane Warner. Warner specializes in the 200-freestyle and swims relay for the Shamrocks.

"Shane has a lot of experience," Johnson said. "He swims for the YMCA. I have a lot of hopes for Shane this year."

Warner's chances to advance in the postseason are higher than ever now that the Ohio High School Athletic Association has divided the pool of boys' teams into two divisions.

Also returning for the boys' team this season are Kody Crooks, Shane Roberts and Arick Swallie.

Rounding out the team are Kyle Burkhart, Jon Huntsman, Steven Lu, Ryan Seneff and Hunter Yevincy.

Junior Brandi Bahmer returns to lead the girls' squad. Bahmer has been a district relay qualifier the past two seasons and added an individual qualification to her list of accomplishments last season.

Joining her as a returning letterwinner for the girls are Taylor Cameron, Bethany Clouse, Rebecca Lowry, Katy Piersol, Julia Ramsey, Andrea Shamhart and Jordan Wells.

Remaining girls' members are Denise Brehme, Darrien Greenlee, Sarah Haag, Britni Huntsman, Ashley Kindelberger, Kelsey Leach, Paula Liehr, Kierstin Lucas, Carly Reichsman, Samantha Shamhart and Breanna Skinner.

Barnesville lost Danny Schwartz, Bob Schuerle and Emily Anderson to graduation.

"I think we have some weak spots, but I feel there's going to be some surprises this year," Johnson said. "We have a lot of first time swimmers so I think we might have one or two out of there that surprise us."