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Green boys swim team looking forward to finishing strong

1/16/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — The Green High School boys swim team head coach Mike Lazor called this year’s team “an exciting group to coach.”

Through Jan. 14, Green’s record was 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Suburban League. Lazor said the team’s season has been going “really, really well” so far.

“The boys have stepped up in some big races,” he said. “Coming off the Christmas training, they have had some really good swims and some time drops. We have a lot more depth this year, and they really seem to be buying into the fact that the harder they work in training, the faster they’ll go in February. If you train hard, good things happen, and they’ve done that.”

One swimmer Lazor cited as having an especially strong season is sophomore Dominic Poletta.

“He’s swimming really well for us in the 200 individual medley (2:07.04) and the 100 butterfly (54.80), notching school records in both events,” the coach said. “He really just swam fast right out of the gate.”

Two junior standouts, Lazor said, have been Jacob Doney and Carter Hickman.

“Jacob’s events have been the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, so he’s more of a middle distance swimmer for us. He’s right on track from where he was last year, and we’re looking for even more fast swims out of him in February,” the coach said. “And Carter has really come along in the first half of the year. He’s a 50-yard freestyler and a 100-yard freestyler, so he’s more of a sprint freestyler for us. Carter’s really learning what it takes to swim fast and turn his arms over. He’s getting stronger as the season goes along.”

According to Lazor, freshman Josh Atkinson has made an impact in his first year.

“Josh is just a great all-around swimmer,” he said. “Josh can compete in every event, so I can put him in at any stroke. It’s a great advantage as a coach to have a swimmer who can swim every stroke like that. He’s really coming along in the 200 individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly.”

In addition, Lazor said, seniors Spencer Nay, Dalton Lott and Scott West have been leading “by example.”

“They’re the first in the water and they are a good mix of verbal and nonverbal leaders,” the coach said. “Especially as the swim season comes down to the home stretch, we really lean on them for their experience in the water and for their leadership. They’re doing really well.”

Lazor said he is pleased with the progress his team has made so far this year.

“I have seen definite improvement from that first weekend in November all the way through to now, in the middle of January, in both their training and their competitiveness,” he said. “When it comes down to the wire, to the finish, I’ve seen them just put their head down to get to the wall first. I’ve seen great improvement in just their overall attitude as a group and in their physical abilities.”

And as the regular season wraps up, Lazor said his team’s top goal is to be as consistent as possible.

“I’m just looking for some consistency and to make sure they are always concentrating on what they are doing in the water,” he said. “We also want to make sure we remain disciplined in our training. We are looking for some really fast swims in February. The whole month of February is filled with championship swimming, and we’re kind of counting down to that and getting our bodies ready for that.”

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