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Green boys swim team looking to ride wave of momentum

11/14/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — According to head coach Mike Lazor, this year’s Green High School boys swim team is “a lot stronger than last year — both physically and mentally.”

“We had more swimmers buy into the offseason conditioning program in the summer and in the fall,” he said. “Looking ahead to this swim season, they were really focused at the beginning of the school year. It’s a very goal-oriented team. They knew what their goals could be and, hopefully, we’re moving a lot more water than we did last year and we get a lot faster. If that happens, it should be a pretty exciting season for the boys.”

Last year, the team finished 4-6 overall in dual meets and in fourth place in the Suburban League.

“We ended up qualifying the most boys we’ve qualified at the district level at five,” the coach said.

This year, Lazor said, Green will look to build upon “the momentum from last year.”

“We have a few upperclassmen that are just feeding off of that momentum in practice and are able to be all that they can be in practice, just based on what they did last year and how successful it was,” he stated. “We had a lot of good swimmers last year, and it was just a real close-knit team.”

The key to this year’s improvement, Lazor said, is making the most out of every practice session.

“We just want to come into each practice and do our best and really work hard,” he said. “We have a lot of respect for the teams in the Suburban League, and we’re shooting for that league title, or to at least get in the top three. We want to improve our dual meet record, and I think it starts at square one. Every time we’re in the pool, we need to do our best and pull each other along. It’s a good group of kids. They step up in practice and they do their best.”

Green lost five swimmers from last year’s team due to graduation, and Lazor said the team will look for six incoming freshmen to replace that lost depth. At the top, three seniors — Spencer Nay, Dalton Lott and Scott West — will look to provide leadership to this year’s squad.

“I’m looking for them to step up and lead our dry land and to lead lanes in the water,” the coach said. “They’re vocal leaders, and they’re able to understand the traditions of our team. They know that success stems from working hard and staying focused. I’m looking forward to seeing their times drop from their hard work in the offseason.”

Two other key swimmers on this year’s squad, Lazor said, are junior Jacob Doney and sophomore Dominic Poletta.

“Jacob was a two-time district qualifier last season, and Dominic was also a dual district qualifier last year,” the coach said. “I’m looking for great things and some leadership out of them this year. They’ve shown that they can perform at big-time meets.”

Green’s first meet is set for Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., with a tri-meet at Myers Lake YMCA against Canton Central Catholic and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. As the season gets under way, Lazor said he is looking forward to seeing the team’s depth in action.

“I know some of our swimmers in the middle lanes will be real competitive,” he said. “I’d like to see some of the swimmers swimming in the outside lanes really kind of step up. I’m hoping they can push us over the top. I’m looking forward to seeing that depth come through in a dual meet and see how that’s going to play out for us this season.”

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