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Green girls swim team ‘right on target’ for postseason

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

GREEN — With the Green girls swim team getting out to a 6-2 overall start (including a 3-1 mark in the Suburban League), head coach Mike Lazor said the team is “right on target.”

“I think our girls have done really, really well in swimming against the competition they have so far,” he said. “I’ve been really impressed with not only the girls who are coming in first place, but also the girls that are getting those mid-level points for us. They’re training really hard, and it’s helping out in the dual meeting setting.”

Three of the team’s top performers this year, Lazor said, have been seniors Megan Leibensperger, Kennedy Herbert and Katie Kussow.

“Megan just trains really hard and with purpose. She got a personal best on a push-off in the 200 freestyle at practice over the Christmas break. She’s a middle-distance swimmer for us,” the coach said. “Kennedy is another standout swimmer for us. Just before Christmas, she broke a record in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:05.79. That’s her fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke to date. She’s currently in the top five 100-yard breaststrokers in the state. And I’m excited about the swimming of Katie Kussow. She’s really been coming on as a sprint freestyler and as a middle-distance freestyler for us.”

Additionally, Lazor said he has been getting key performances from seniors Kennedy Walker, Taylor Elrod and Claire Dolan.

“The leadership of our seniors has really rounded out a great team for us,” the coach said. “They really add to our depth, and their leadership in and out of the water has been big for us this year. Their meet experience and their willingness to share their knowledge of different strokes with the underclassmen has been a cornerstone of our success.”

Lazor said he also has been impressed by the performances of sophomores Natalie Rohweder and Miriam Blaine.

“Natalie is a 200-yard individual medley swimmer, a 100-yard breaststroke swimmer and a 100-yard freestyle swimmer. She has really stepped up for us this year in training and at meets. She gets those necessary mid-level points for us and helps to add to our depth. Her work ethic and competitiveness are really impressive,” the coach said. “Miriam, who is a sprint freestyler, is also having a good season for us. She is very competitive in meets and in practice and always wants to get up and race. I’m excited by her leadership, not only now, but also for the future.”

According to Lazor, the team’s progression this season has been “right on target for a fast February.”

“We’re really excited about the turn of the month here,” he said. “We’re looking forward to bigger and better things.”

Among those “bigger and better things” is the Suburban League championship meet, which will take place Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Wooster High School.

“We would like to just keep getting better, especially on things like our starts and our turns. Those are the little things that we can look to refine here at the end to help us become a faster swim team,” Lazor said. “We’re focusing on a lot of drills, just to kind of refine and add to our muscle memory before the championship season comes about.”

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