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Posted: 12/12/12


Above, Alex Corey swimming the 200 IM posting a personal best time (2.14.27) and second place finish.

(Photo courtesy of Michalle Henderson)

Impressive start
for boys' swim team

by MICHALLE HENDERSON
      The Romeo High School boys' swim team encountered its first meet of the season on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Waterford Kettering.
       The team took an impressive second place overall, competing against Waterford, Lake Orion and Andover. Waterford took first place. The original meet was scheduled with Lake Orion only, but when the meet had to be moved to a different location, due to overbooking of Lake Orion's facilities, it gave the four teams a chance to compete against each other that might not have ever happened.
       "The kids over-exceeded my expectations for this meet, even my rookies," said Coach Kendall Peake. "My top returning swimmers had times that were better than last year, some were personal bests and for the first meet of the season this is huge. Plus all my rookies made things exciting, they show more hope than I ever expected."
       Returning swimmers Alex Corey swam the 500 yard free with a time 5:25.23 and the 200 yard IM (personal best time) with a time of 2:14.27, finishing second place in both. Tommy Anderson also took a second place finish in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.94 and a third place finish in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.74. Jack Nigro finished first in the 50 yard freestyle with a winning time of 24.26 and also took a third place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.56. Shane Gardner also swam the 100 freestyle taking a fourth place with time of 55.69. Nate Lahr swam a 2:03.30 in the 200 yard freestyle taking third place.
       "I'm super happy with this result, that's the meet," Coach Peake said.
       Upcoming rookie stars that stood out were Joe Grochowski who swam the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 27.47.
       "I don't know where that time came from, but that's a phenomenal time to post as a rookie in the free," said Peake.
       Cole Lightcap swam a 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12.34 for sixth place. Jake Anderson swam the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:11.97. Jacob Yestrepsky swam the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:49.38. These four freshman rookies, Lightcap, Yestrepsky, Anderson and Grochowski, also swam the 200 yard medley relay together and posted a time of 2:05.33 for a seventh place finish.
       Other impressive finishes were the team of Nigro, Gardner, Corey and Captain Cody French with a first place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.59. French also took a third in the 50 free with a 25.20.
       The team managed to pull off an amazing finish for this meet even with a missing star player.
       "This year I have a real team, it's going to be a good season," remarked Peake.
       The next swim meet is Saturday, Dec. 15, at Brother Rice.
      
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