After a season of struggle, the Newton High School boys’ swimming team got back into the swing of things with a sixth-place finish at the Class 5-4-3-2-1A state meet. With 10 letterwinners back, the Railers will look to try and stay at the upper levels of the state. Philip Schmidt begins his sixth season as the Railers head coach. He is assisted by Sarah Vogt. Newton took fourth in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I meet last season, and was sixth at state. Returning state medalists include senior Alex Trumble, who took seventh in the 200-yard medley relay, fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, fifth in the 500-yard freestyle; and sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay; sophomore Jace Schmidt, who placed seventh in the 200-yard medley relay; and senior Nat Dick, who placed sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Jace Schmidt also took 10th at state in the 100-yard breaststroke, 15th in the 200-yard individual medley and 15th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Dick also placed 15th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Other state qualifiers include senior Dylan Anderson, who took 15th in the 200-yard freestyle relay; senior Aaron Clark, who placed 20th in the 100-yard backstroke; and senior Dylan Moore, who placed 15th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Trumble was second in the AV-CTL I in the 500-yard freestyle. Other returning letterwinners are senior Jonathan Paden, sophomore Connor Born, junior Preston Ford and junior Taylor Gonzalez. “The team has started the season well,” Philip Schmidt said. “Everyone is working hard in practice and progressing quickly. If everyone stays healthy and continues to work hard I think we have a great chance of taking a large number of guys to the state meet in February.” The Railer coach called Maize the top contender for the AV-CTL I title this season. Maize is the defending league champion and took fourth in the Class 6A state meet last year.