|Swimmers go above and beyond (07-16-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:28|
At championship time coaches know which athletes they can count on in the quest for a title.
Still, many times the difference-makers are the athletes that go above and beyond.
Over the weekend, Bowling Green's Swim Club won its 37th title in the 42-year history of the Greater Northwestern Ohio Aquatic Conference, and several athletes went above and beyond.
On the girls side, BG head coach Carolyn Strunk said Hope London and Grace Coggin made a difference.
''They may not have gone above and beyond in the pool, but outside the pool, their good spirit and dedication is well worth recognizing,'' Strunk said. ''Grace didn't have any events to swim on Saturday and she was there all day from the start of warmups through the end of finals. Hope only had two relays to swim, but still was there to warm up and support the team from the beginning of prelims until her relays were up to swim in finals.
''To me, that is team spirit, and I not only need to commend Hope and Grace, but their parents as well for giving up their weekend for their children to support their teammates.''
C.J. Layne and Garrett Germann were two boys who swam in older age group events for the majority of the week.
''C.J. swam every event older either 13-14 or 15-16 as an 11-year-old and he ended up winning the 100 breast stroke (in the 13.14 age group),'' Strunk said. ''Garrett was asked to step up and he swam a lot of older events also, including the older relays.''
Trying to balance each event and give as many swimmers as possible the opportunity to compete in the championships can be a difficult task for a coach.
But due in part to the cooperation of the swimmers, Struck was able to make it work as the Gators won eight of the 12 age divisions.
''I would like to thank those who didn't question why I needed them to swim up (in age) and those who may not have done five events,'' Strunk said. "I really wanted to make sure that some of those who might not have gotten more than one swim in, got more than that.
''I have to commend all the swimmers. They were fine with the lineup and that's what helps the team stick together and get a win,'' she added.
Helping Strunk coach the team this summer were: Petra Martin and Mike Shelby with the senior group; George Leatherman, Cathy Moeller, Jessica Carpenter and Jacob Burk with the 9-12 age groups; and Keri Buff, Nancy Cheatwood, Larissa Leck, Nicole Castor and Trae Gulgin with the 8-and-unders.
The winner of each race and Bowling Green's finishers in the top six are listed on page 13 today.
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