“This is the biggest team we have ever had in 11 years,” Green swimming head coach Mike Lazor said. “We have 54 boys and girls out for the team this year. I think this reflects on the dedication of the Green YMCA Barracudas. This is a feeder system for us, and they have great coaches and people there.
Green head coach Mike Lazor said this year's swim team has reached a milestone.
“This is the biggest team we have ever had in 11 years,” Lazor said. “We have 54 boys and girls out for the team this year. I think this reflects on the dedication of the Green YMCA Barracudas. This is a feeder system for us, and they have great coaches and people there.
“Overall, we want to win the Suburban League title. Then we want to qualify as many of the kids for the sectionals, district and state as possible. We have great seniors who provide outstanding leadership.”
Another significant characteristic of this year’s team is the athletes’ work ethics and team unity.
“Our motto is ‘train hard in November and December, then swim fast in February,’ ” Lazor said. “Our goal is to work hard every day for two hours. We do this together. I want them to have respect for each other. They do planned activities with the coaches but also do things on their own, and this helps to draw them together. They are all friends, they like each other."
Assistant coach Samantha Steven feels confident about the team as well.
“This is an exciting team,” Steven said. “It is large in numbers, with a lot of depth and talent. I am excited to see how far we will go this season.”
Senior Griffin Jenkins, who is the boys’ co-captain with Dan Hawk and James Anthony, is also excited to see what this year may bring.
“I have been swimming for eight years and for four years on the varsity,” Jenkins said. “I am excited for the season. I think we will have a really good guys’ team. I would really like the relay team to make it to the districts.”
Senior Ryan Collins has been swimming for eight years also with three years at the varsity level. With all the work put in during the offseason, Collins shares the goal of attempting to win the league as well as an individual achievement.
“We have a lot of good underclassmen along with strong seniors,” Collins said. “A lot of people have put in hard work in the off season. I would like to set the 100 backstroke record and make it to the districts in the individual events and the relay and have the guys win the Suburban League title.”
On the girls team, senior Autumnn Merrill shares the co-captain spot with Brook Foster and Megan Ward.
“I have been swimming for 10 years and have been on the varsity for four,” Merrill said. “I think the team has a lot of potential. This is a building year. I want to help the underclassmen reach their potential, and if we try hard enough, we can win the Suburban League. My goals are to make the districts for the third year in a row in the 100 breaststroke and try to take some of the relays.”
Page 2 of 2 - Haley Jenkins, a sophomore, is starting her second year on varsity and has been swimming for eight years, and having family on the team has made her a better swimmer.
“It is fun to be with my brother, Griffin,” Jenkins said. “He pushes me during practice. We have great leadership on the team this year.”
The upcoming season promises to be an exciting one for both the boys and girls swim teams. The teams swim together at meets, alternating events. For more information on the teams and the schedules, go to www.greenlocalschools.org and click on “Athletics.”