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Posted: 01/23/13

Above, the 400 free relay team of, from left, Danny Abbott, Tommy Anderson, Jack Nigro and Alex Corey. The team placed 2nd at the Jan. 10 event. Abbott qualified for State in the 50 and 100 free and they all have qualified for County in their own events.

(Photo courtesy of Michalle Henderson)

Loss to GPS keeps boys' swim
team working harder to be better

      With the outcome of 65 to 118, the boys' swim team faced another loss to Grosse Pointe South on Thursday, Jan. 10. Despite the loss, the team kept a positive attitude.
       They continued to swim aggressive and fought for the spots throughout the meet.
       "I'm happy because the excuses are tired and sore," said Coach Kendall Peake. "You know they worked hard. They will be sore for a few weeks until we recondition. I plan to have them swimming 8,000 to 10,000 yards a day to get back to where we need to be. It's unfortunate that we had to encounter our two toughest teams in one week after being out of the pool for two weeks."
       Peake said the following swimmers stood out during the Grosse Pointe South meet:
       "Danny Abbott qualified for state in his individual events and that makes me proud. He's a unique swimmer. Alex Corey had a great race in the 500 and IM. Jack Nigro in 200 free stood out because of his effort. It showed me he is not giving up, actions speak louder than words. The 200 free relay of Danny Abbott, Jack Nigro, Shane Gardner, Cody French went well and they won. Also Lucas Itchue had his best time in the 100 backstroke."
       Peake said that it's the rookies that often get overlooked during a meet but during the Grosse Pointe South meet all of the rookies swam four events for the first time.
       "Normally kids who get four events are veterans so to get four events, it had to be earned," said Peake. "The rookie 200 free relay team of Joe Grochowski, Matthew Gonczar, Scott Perry and Chris Prohaszka did a really nice job and keep working hard."
       Results from Grosse Point South Meet (Qualified for State ***, County *): 200 medley relay, 3rd Tommy Anderson, Corey, McKenny Malloy, Cody French (1:57.29). 200 free 2nd, Nigro (2:02.55*), 5th, Nate Lahr (2:06.46*). 200 IM, 2nd, Corey (2:16.64*), 6th, Jacob Yestrepsky (2:39.75). 50 free, 1st, Abbott (22.52***), 4th, Gardner (25.29*), 6th, C. French (25.69). 100 fly, 3rd, T. Anderson (1:01.69), 5th, Sebastian Weekhout (1:09.96), 6th, Malloy (1:13.16). 100 free, 1st, Abbott (48.62***), 3rd, Nigro (55.18*), 5th, Gardner (55.79*). 500 free, 1st, Corey (5:24.98*), 5th, Lahr (6:08.39). 200 free relay, 1st, Abbott, Nigro, C. French, Gardner (1:36.17), 3rd, Lahr, Malloy, Jon Haning, Yestrepsky (1:49.25). 100 back, 3rd, T. Anderson (1:04.83*), 4th, Cole Lightcap (1:08.39), 6th, Itchue (1:12.35). 100 breast, 3rd, Weekhout (1:13.03*), 4th, Ben French (1:20.57), 6th, Joe Grochowski (1:28.90). 400 free relay, 2nd, Abbott, Corey, Nigro, T. Anderson (3:36.51).
       Alex Corey showed good endurance during the meet. He is a junior on the swim team who contributes regularly in the 500 free and 200 IM. He also enjoys cross-country running and is considering joining the track team.
       "I didn't get my best times but I swam my events more aggressively than I have before," said Corey. "I thought I did really well in the 500 today. It's a hard race, but fun to do. You need to be very good at endurance and be able to not stop or get fatigued during the event.
       Corey said his training involves working on his breathing at regular intervals as he trains for the events.
       Corey began swimming for the Romeo Dolphins swim team after finding out that his mother, Laurie, was also once a swimmer and it sparked his interest. He believes he knows what it takes to be a good athlete.
       "It's due to a good sense of teamwork and without the team, you're going to lose."

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