The local swim teams dive into the new season on Friday, when Helena High and Capital travel to Butte for a meet versus the Bulldogs.
The Bengals and Bruins, who turned out a total of 55 swimmers this winter, are both coached by Julie Youngblood.
There are six seniors on the squads, including CHS' Avree Klungland, Victoria Hansen, Paul Field and Hadley Snortland, and HHS' Alex Ackerlund and Kimber Mook. Klungland is the lone returning All-Stater, placing sixth in the 100 freestyle finals last year. She was a State AA runner-up as a sophomore.
Helena will be without the services of Jesse Ecklund -- a 2015 State champion and 2016 State runner-up -- who relocated to Missoula.
The teams lost their pool at the Carroll PE Center two years ago, and have been training at the YMCA from Monday through Thursday, "and Fridays at various locations," according to Youngblood.