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Local Soap Box Derby champs honored at Ohio Statehouse

2/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Photo courtesy of state Rep. Anthony DeVitis’ office
GREEN — Green boys swim team head coach Mike Lazor said he is proud of what his team accomplished this season.

“We have a really dedicated group of guys. I would say they were goal-setters,” Lazor said. “We set a goal to work hard in the pool and to swim fast in February, and I’d say it was mission accomplished.”

Green finished the season with a 7-5 record overall, and the team came in third place in the Suburban League with a 4-2 mark.

“We have a lot more depth on the boys side than we have had in the past, and the team realized it early on and we got some key victories,” the coach said. “It moved us into third in the Suburban League, and that’s a step forward for us. We moved up one spot this year, and that’s a good improvement for us. I’ve seen a lot of progress throughout the year — not only November to February, but also in their willingness to get prepared for the season. I really saw a difference as far as the boys coming into the season in shape, and I think it really paid off near the end.”

Lazor said his team “swam really well” at the sectional meet two weeks ago at The University of Akron.

“We got five boys out into districts, and we ended up with a lot of personal best times,” he stated. “One particular great swim to get into districts was by [sophomore] Jacob Doney, who swam the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Another was by senior Dan Hawk, who got a personal best time in the 500 freestyle.”

Also moving on to the district meet were Dominic Poletta, Griffin Jenkins and Ryan Collins. Green advanced its 200-free relay team (Poletta, Jenkins, Hawk and Collins) and its 400-free relay team (James Anthony, Poletta, Doney and Jenkins) to the district meet.

“There were some great swims at sectionals,” the coach said. “Pretty much all of our swimmers swam personal bests.”

According to Lazor, the Green boys swim team did not advance any swimmers to the state meet, but he said his team “did well” at the district meet Feb. 15 at Cleveland State University.

“We held our own pretty well,” Lazor said. “It was a great experience for our team to be able to swim there and to take so many guys. Taking relays is great for the program, and it showed that we are really putting some things together on the positive side as far as depth is concerned. We have a lot of promise for next year.”

Lazor said his swimmers already are talking about setting goals for next season.

“They’re looking to get involved in some summer swimming and some long course swimming just to get themselves refocused for next year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to another exciting year for our boys.”

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