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For Zach Tieke, leadership is about being vocal and creating a sense of unity among all members of the Fenwick boys swimming team.
A senior captain for the Friars, Tieke uses his role as one of the most experienced athletes on the team to get his teammates motivated in their training and preparation.
“He’s different from what I’ve seen as a captain in other sports,” said senior Danny Marquez, who has also plays baseball and soccer at Fenwick. “He’s very verbal, and he is always giving pointers — especially to younger members of the team.”
Tieke carries that leadership into competitions as well.
“I try to get them excited during dual meets before each swim,” Tieke said. “Because every point matters.”
In addition to advising teammates and consulting with coach Luke McGuire, Tieke works with fellow captains Michael Hall and Connor Fabian to get everyone to feel a sense of unity.
“We just make sure everyone on the team is involved,” Hall said. For Tieke, that mind-set comes not only from being a senior and captain, but also from his experience when he was a younger member of the team.