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Green girls swim team laying foundation for strong finish

1/3/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — Green girls swimming head coach Mike Lazor said he has been “blessed” with a great group of swimmers this year.

“These young swimmers are really good kids,” he stated. “The girls are a close-knit group, and they really encourage each other. They’re easy to coach, and I’m looking for a lot of great things from them.”

Through Dec. 27, Green was out to a 4-2 overall record. The team is led by senior captains Brooke Foster, Autumn Merrill and Megan Woods.

“Those girls have been on the team for four years and bring a lot of experience to the program,” Lazor said. “They have laid the foundation for our attitude in practice this season. They just seemed to really understand our training and how it would benefit them in the long run.”

The coach said the other seniors on the team are Kathryn Pudoka, Lauren Braswell and Erica Wander.

“The seniors lead the way for us,” Lazor said. “The senior girls are the foundation of our program.”

Another key swimmer for the squad is 100-yard freestyler and 100-yard breaststroker Kennedy Herbert.

“I think she has a great shot at the state level,” the coach said. “She has really dedicated herself. A month before the season, she gave me goal times for every single stroke for the months of November, December, January and February. So I knew exactly where her head was and that she was focused on having a great winter season. I’m looking for great things out of her.”

Two more strong swimmers, Lazor said, are juniors Katie Kussow and Megan Leibensperger.

“They are 200- and 500-yard freestylers for us,” he said.

According to Lazor, Haley Jenkins is an “extremely talented sophomore.”

“She is a 100-yard backstroker and 100-yard butterflier,” the coach said. “She made finals for the Christmas invitational on Dec. 15 in the 100-yard backstroke.”

In addition, the coach said, freshmen Miriam Blaine and Natalie Rohweder are both strong, versatile swimmers.

“Miriam has a great attitude. She’s willing to swim anything for the good of the team,” he said. “And Natalie is a freshman who comes in with a great amount of experience. She swam for many years on different club teams leading up to her freshman year of high school. She’s an all-around swimmer and good to have on the team.”

Lazor said the Green girls swimming team has “a couple of goals” this season.

“Our first goal, as a team, is to work hard in practice and see time drops in every meet,” he said. “Another main goal is to win the Suburban League championship. And, of course, we want to see significant time drops in February. We want to get as many swimmers as possible into the sectional meet and then as many swimmers as possible into the district meet. Then we want to see if we can’t break into the state level meet. That would be outstanding for our program. I know we are moving in the right direction, and I know these swimmers are excited to create their legacy. It should be an exciting season for us.”

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