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Gilman swimming focuses on improvement
Gilman swimming focuses on improvement

Improvement. Progress. Confidence. Those are the traits Gilman swimming coach Ian Brooks stresses over and over to a team that is loaded with young competitors. Beating conference rivals is also important, but deemphasized to a point. "We are not going to beat Loyola, and we are not going to beat Calvert Hall," Brooks said. "That doesn't mean we can't come out and across the board have 13 varsity guys all post a best time. That could happen if we lose by 20 or win by 20. We tend to focus more on individuals than the team aspect." Brooks has been coaching at Gilman for two decades and it's one of his youngest and smallest teams. "It's not...

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