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Posted: 01/16/13

Boys swim team suffers
huge loss to De La Salle

by MICHALLE HENDERSON
      On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Romeo High School boys' swim team suffered a devastating loss, 62 to 121, against De La Salle. Most team members concurred that a lack of practice time contributed to the loss.
       Romeo High School's swimming pool has been broken and down for most of the two weeks during winter break due to pool problems, leaving the team with hardly any practice time. The team went from practicing hard for five weeks, followed by two weeks of downtime and then were expected to get into a pool and compete against one of the hardest teams in the county.
       "It's very frustrating," Coach Kendall Peake said. "How can the team expect to compete well when we let them down? The pool being broken for almost two weeks really hurt us; I will have to start training all over again."
       "When I look over the events, the 200 free relay was the event of the night, taking a really close first," added Peake. "But I was really impressed with rookie Jake Anderson who swam an aggressive race and beat his man to the wall during the 100 fly. Also, rookie Jacob Yestrepsky seemed to put aside his woes of the last two weeks of not being able to practice and swam his best in the 200 IM."
       Highlights from the meet are as follows (Qualifying times for *** State, **MISDA, *County):
       200 medley relay: 3rd, Tommy Anderson, Sebastian Weekhout, Jack Nigro, Cody French (1:56.09); 200 free: 1st, Danny Abbott (1:49.78**), 5th, Shane Gardner (2:09.88); 200 IM: 3rd, Alex Corey (2:14.65*), 5th, Yestrepsky (2:38.62); 50 free: 2nd, Nigro (24.66*), 3rd, Weekhout (25.19*), 5th, C. French (25.34*); 100 fly: 2nd, T. Anderson (1:00.91*), 4th, J. Anderson (1:09.85); 100 free: 1st, Abbott (48.93***), 4th, Nigro (54.52*); 500 free: 2nd, Corey (5:30.21*), 5th, Yestrepsky (6:31.38); 200 free relay: 1st, Abbott, Nigro, C. French, Corey (1:37**); 100 back: 3rd, T. Anderson (1:05.73*), 4th, Cole Lightcap (1:10.47), 5th, Lucas Itchue (1:13.99); 100 breast: 3rd, Weekhout (1:14.57*), 5th, Gardner (1:19.50); 400 relay: 2nd, Abbott, Corey, Nate Lahr, T. Anderson (3:43.81).
       Senior and Co-captain Danny Abbott said personal and family reasons motivate him when he's in the water competing.
       "I've been swimming since I was 5 years old for Kendall (Peake), lots of yards and yards, that's what I guess makes me such a strong swimmer," he said. "The 100 free is my favorite event. It's not an endurance event, but more like an all-out sprint that you don't need to be 100 percent in shape."
       Abbott added that he sets small goals for himself throughout the season and works hard to reach them.
       "As I get closer to them it motivates me even more to work harder to achieve them," he said. "Plus, my family is pretty involved with swimming as well so they also keep me motivated."
       Abbott knows what he and the team have to do for the rest of the season. He said it's been tough on the whole team not being able to get in the water for so long.
       "We need to work on getting back in focus from having too many days off," said Abbott. "It makes you start to get lazy but if we work more together as a team in practice I think it will make us better. The highlight to me was the 200 relay. It was a tight finish but we pulled it off."
       Abbott's picture is one of many that hangs in the hall of fame at Romeo High School from last year. A swimmer must meet a qualifying time, then place in the top eight and make All State to get this photo recognition.
       "Well, it feels good," said Abbott about the honor. "Last year Ben Winn and I both went All State; we both pushed each other at the state meet. I took 5th in the 100 free and he took 2nd in the 50 free. So it's pretty cool."
       Abbott's goal this year is to make All American, which is being one of the top 100 in the country.
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