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The Suburbanite
  • Blue Streaks swim toward sectional meet

  •   The new year has started off swimmingly for the both the Lake varsity boys and girls swimming and diving teams. The Blue Streaks triumphed in a tri-meet with Perry and Louisville and a dual meet with Alliance. The top performers from the meets also competed in the Northeast Classic Invitational meet.

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  •   The new year has started off swimmingly for the both the Lake varsity boys and girls swimming and diving teams. The Blue Streaks triumphed in a tri-meet with Perry and Louisville and a dual meet with Alliance. The top performers from the meets also competed in the Northeast Classic Invitational meet.
    In the meet at Perry, the Blue Streaks had to overcome the illness of Andy Salapak, one of their key swimmers on the boys’ side, and was unable to field its usual number of relay teams at the meeting. However, their smaller numbers did not come back to haunt them against the Panthers and Leopards, as Lake claimed wins in eight of the 12 events at the meet, including two of the three relays.
    Senior diver Jon Schlafer, who also placed fifth of 20 divers at the Northeast Classic Invitational, placed first in the diving portion of the meet, with teammate Ian Connor providing key points by placing third. Schlafer also contributed in the pool as a swimmer, taking third in the 400 freestyle.
    Lake also received event wins from Austin Weingart in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, and Kris Morgan won the 50 freestyle to go with a second-place result in the 100 backstroke.
    On a day when their numbers were down, the Blue Streaks also leaned on second- and third-place finishes from swimmers such as Kevin Ruegg (second in the 100 breast stroke), A.J. Wolfe (third in the 50 freestyle and 100 breast stroke) and Alex Blackson (third in the 200 freestyle).
    Three days later, the results were equally positive in a dual meet with Alliance. Both the boys’ and girls’ squads won handily against the Aviators, with the score 64-30 in favor of the boys and 75-19 for the girls.
    Freshmen played key roles for the girls as Alyssa Zamski, Hope Dean and Casey Swanson and sophomore Emily Gillespie won the opening 200 medley relay.
    Zamski and senior Hunter Ries placed first and second in the 50 freestyle, and Ries teamed with junior Hannah Abate for 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle.
    Similar 1-2 finishes by Swanson and Dakota DeMeio in the 100 butterfly, Alexandra Dutton and Ashley Gunn in the 100 freestyle and by Brittany Brejnak and Abby Kohel in the 500 freestyle led to a lopsided win for the Blue Streaks to cap off a successful week for most of the team.
    Schlafer, Weingart and Brejnak all took part in the Northeast Classic Invitational meet and all three posted some of their best efforts of the season. Schlafer’s fifth-place finish came against a deep field, and fellow senior Dane Llewellyn broke his own school record in the 100 back stroke with a time of 1:02.63. A talented field with a large number of Division I competitors left Llewellyn in 17th place even with his record-setting performance.
    Weingart delivered another school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.89 seconds. Brenjak was 15th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.11 seconds.
    Page 2 of 2 - As the season passes the midway point and the buildup toward the postseason starts in earnest, assistant coach Richard Beck praised the solid individual performances and team wins, but insisted the Blue Streaks are pointed toward the sectional meet and postseason success.
    “These meets are enjoyable, but right now, hard practices are most important as our swimmers get in shape and learn technique, preparing for next month’s sectional meet,” Beck said.