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Green girls swim team looking for another ‘historical’ weekend

2/14/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — Green High School girls swimming head coach Mike Lazor said this past weekend was probably the best weekend in the team’s history.

Eighteen girls from Green swam at the sectional tournament Feb. 9 at The University of Akron. Of those 18, six swimmers — senior Autumnn Merrill, juniors Kennedy Herbert and Katie Kussow, sophomore Haley Jenkins and freshmen Natalie Rohweder and Miriam Blaine — moved on to the district meet, which will take place Feb. 16 at noon at Cleveland State University.

“It’s been the fastest we have swam since we started the program 11 years ago,” Lazor said. “The girls finished third overall in the section — Jackson won it and Wooster came in second. The highest we previously had placed was 10th, so we made a big jump there. This past Saturday was probably the finest meet we’ve had for the girls since we started, so it’s pretty historical for us.”

Lazor said he’s “looking for some more great things” for the team this weekend.

“For example, our medley relay qualified and we were ninth. The top eight get on the medal stand,” he said. “That medley relay team is Haley Jenkins, Natalie Rohweder, Kennedy Herbert and Autumnn Merrill. We’re just about nine one-hundredths away from eighth place, so that’s obtainable for us. Getting a district medal is something that no relay team from Green has ever gotten. We’re real close to it and our girls are focused on that.”

According to Lazor, other highlights from the sectional tournament included: Herbert wining sectional titles in the 200 individual medley (IM) and the 100 backstroke; Kussow placing second in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle; Rohweder qualifying in the 200 IM by finishing in fourth place and the 100 breaststroke in fifth place; Jenkins qualifying in the 100 freestyle in ninth place and the 100 backstroke in fifth; and the 200 freestyle relay team (Blaine, Kussow, Rohweder and Merrill) and the 400 freestyle relay (Blaine, Kussow, Jenkins and Herbert) also qualifying.

In addition, Lazor said, Herbert is on her way toward making waves on the state level as well.

“She’s got the second-fastest seed time in the state of all the districts,” the coach said. “The top 24 make it to state. I have had one girl make it to state in my 11 years at Green, and she’s on the cusp of being the second one, so that’s pretty exciting for us.”

Overall, the Green girls swim team finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, including a 5-1 mark in the Suburban League.

“We ended up winning the Suburban League championship,” Lazor said. “That was phenomenal. That was the second time the girls have won the league title in three years. The first time ever winning it was 2011, and then we did it again this year. These girls are just phenomenal. They work really hard in the pool, and it was a great accomplishment. They worked all year to hang a banner saying we won the Suburban League. It’s something they can be proud of.”

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