|Bowling Green swimmers seek another title (07-11-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:13|
On a logistical level, the Bowling Green Swim Club was put to the test this summer.
This weekend, the Gators hope to put the rest of the Greater Northwestern Ohio Aquatic Conference to the test in the 42nd annual conference championship meet. The meet is Saturday and Sunday at the municipal pool in Napoleon.
"We are looking forward to champs,'' said BG head coach Carolyn Strunk. "It's been a good season.''
This summer approximately 50 new swimmers joined the BGSC, and with the new pool at Bowling Green City Park, there were fewer areas for the Gators to practice.
"It was a good problem to have,'' Strunk said about the new team members, adding that the large number was a surprise. "It was spread out over the spectrum (of age groups).
"With the smaller pool area, it had its own problems,'' she added. "But we made it work and we will continue to do so.''
On the current roster of 157, there are 110 swimmers age 12-and-under. Strunk said the previous largest team was 152 in 1998, which included 36 11-12 girls.
Approximately 115 members of the club will swim in the championships at Napoleon.
"It's great to have this many people involved in the swim program'' Strunk said.
Strunk said the Gators were able maintain their enthusiasm, even with the larger numbers and the smaller practice area.
"We've had very good attendance this year,'' Strunk said. "We started our season with two weeks of swimming at the (BGSU) Student Recreation Center.
"It was good that we started there because we had to think outside the box with how we were working with brand-new swimmers,'' she added.
The creative thinking carried over to the outdoor sessions at City Park.
"It was a lot of communication between the coaches and having people on the same page,'' Strunk said. "It was a lot of changing. It wasn't the same old thing that we were doing every day, every day for six weeks.
"The swimmers were never able to get bored with what they were doing, and the coaches were able to change things up a lot. That helped with maintaining the enthusiasm.''
BG has won 36 of the 41 GNOAC meets contested. Last season the Gators scored 2,775 1/2 points, winning 33 individual events and four relays in the 102-event meet.
BG's Peter Burroughs and Emmy Sehmann each won five individual events for the second straight year. Logan Schofield also won five individual events.
This season, Strunk is looking for strong efforts from both the 11-12 boys and girls. There are a total of 21 girls in the age group who qualified for the championship meet.
Teams can now enter four individuals in an event and three can make the final.
Following are some of the top BG swimmers in each age group:
• 8-and-under girls- Carli Laux, Hannah Mathey and Hannah Castor;
• 8-and-under boys - Scotty Buff, Sean Cavins and Parker Schofield;
• 9-10 girls - Mia Cheatwood and Isabelle Broman;
• 9-10 boys - Calvin Price and John Burnard;
• 11-12 girls - Rona Mejiritski, Brigid Cavins, Sam Schofield and Caitlyn Grubbs;
* 11-12 boys - Jack Burroughs, C.J. Layne and Jesse He;
• 13-14 girls - Kaylee Fair, Christina Schorsch and Emma Cavins;
• 13-14 boys - Brady Schofield and Zach Bozigar;
• 15-16 girls -Sehmann, Mallory and Meghan Burnard;
• 15-16 boys -Trae Gulgin and Corey Gilbert;
• 17-18 girls - Ashley Halleck and Grace Hakel;
• 17-18 boys - Jacob Burk, Peter Burroughs and Adam Herrman.
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