The Green boys and girls swim teams are looking forward to a productive and promising season. They have hit the water with a lot of dedication to some very positive results.
"In our first dual meet against Canton McKinley, both teams won," said coach Mike Lazar. "And at the Medina relays, the boys came in secon while the girls finished third. Each swimmer is dedicated and focused. They have been training hard and set goals that they want to accomplish. They are a good group and outside of the pool they hang around together. This is a good team building activity and it shows in how they cheer each other on.
"There are a lot of experienced swimmers on the team in the upper class ranks. But there is also a lot of competitive swimmers coming up in the freshman class, who have stepped up and have meshed well with the veterans. This gives us a real good mix of the freshmen and upper classment. We have really benefited from the YMCA Barracudas program. It has really helped us build our program."
Co-captain Emerson Zahab, a senior, says "the season has been great so far. We have been putting in a lot of practices, and have done well in our first few meets. Coach Lazar is a really dedicated.We all have been spending lots of time in the morning and evening in the pool, plus using the weight room, which has really helped the team. The teammates have been very supportive of each other, there is a lot of positive energy on the team."
Her fellow co-captain, Mackenzie Shroyer, another senior, agree.
"Everyone has been working really hard, we have lots of new kids on the team," she said. "The freshmen and JV swimmers have done very well at our meets. Overall everyone has a good season so far, are working very hard, and are having a lot of fun at our gatherings."
For the boys, the two co-captains are seniors Tyler Doerrer, and Trent Kingan.
"I see this team having the best shot at winning the Federal League," said Doerrer. "There is a lot of positive energy and a drive to improve that I have never seen before. Half the team is new faces, but the amount of improvement so far has been great. We should score well during the season."
"We have had some tough practices so far," added Kingan. "That has really pushed us to our limits. It has shown us what we can handle. Coach Lazar has pushed us to set goals and this has helped make practice run more smoothly. Hopefully this will help us swim faster in the post season competition."
There is a lot of positive attitude on both teams this year. If it can be translated into fast times in their meets this year's teams might have the potential to be two of the better ones Green has had in recent years.