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The Suburbanite
  • Lake swimming enjoys day for the record books at sectionals

  • After one round of the postseason, the Lake swimming and diving team has seven competitors still standing.

    Led by senior diver Jon Schlafer, who is seeking a return to the state meet after reaching the finals in Canton last year, the Blue Streaks had their best-ever result at the Akron Division I South sectional meet at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.

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  • After one round of the postseason, the Lake swimming and diving team has seven competitors still standing.
    Led by senior diver Jon Schlafer, who is seeking a return to the state meet after reaching the finals in Canton last year, the Blue Streaks had their best-ever result at the Akron Division I South sectional meet at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.
    Schlafer placed first at the sectional meet with an 11-dive score of 482 and will be joined by teammate Ian Connor (10th with 266.55 points) and Kaitlyn Hoch, who will represent Lake girls’ diving after finishing sixth with 292.5 points.
    After the divers competed on the first day of the meet, the swimmers competed two days later and also had a successful outing. The top individual effort in the pool was senior Dane Llewellyn, who took third place with a school-record time of 1:02 in the 100 breaststroke and became the first Lake swimmer to place in the top five in an individual event at the sectional meet. Junior Austin Weingart struggled in the 100 butterfly, but his time of 58.73 was good enough for 12th place and a spot at the district meet.
    Schlafer also pulled double duty after his diving triumph by swimming backstroke in the 200 medley relay alongside Weingart, Llewellyn and junior Kris Morgan. The team shaved two seconds off its season-best time and secured a spot at the district meet by finishing fifth, and, in the process, became the first relay team in program history to reach the district level.
    One day after the boys competed, the girls took their turn in the water with an early-morning start. After boarding the bus to Akron at 6 a.m., the Blue Streaks shook off any early sluggishness and junior Brittany Brejnak set the tone for the team with a fifth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (25.17). The time was half a second better than her school record and she later broke her own 100 freestyle record with a time of 58.22 to rank 15th.
    Brejnak also anchored the 200 freestyle relay, which placed tenth with a school-record time of 1:50.73. Freshmen Casey Swanson and Alyssa Zamski and senior Hunter Ries swam the first three legs of the relay.
    Fifteen swimmers set personal records on the day, providing a solid ending for both the swimmers moving on to the district meet and those whose season ended in Akron.
    “We have already said thanks to the entire swimming and diving team for what again this year is the best season in the history of Lake High School,” assistant coach Wendy Swanson said of the message she and fellow coaches Rob Swanson and Jeff Wenger delivered to their team. “We especially appreciated the hard work, positive attitudes and mutual support of this team. They seem to like each other and enjoy swimming together.”
    Page 2 of 2 -  Swanson said the results at the sectional meet were “exactly what we were hoping for” based on the strong weeks of training leading up to the meet. After going through their tapering time to lessen their miles and the intensity of their workouts in order to be fresh for the meet, the Blue Streaks seemed to have fresh legs once they hit the pool. Those fresh legs paid off with the best sectional meet in the program's young history and gave the Blue Streaks a chance to add to the record book again at the district meet.