Division II Sectional Meet - Northeast District at Hawken
Division II District Meet - Northeast District at Cleveland State
Division II State Meet - Canton
2014-15 Varsity Boys Swimming
Season Preview: Girls and Boys Swimming –The Bar is Set High
By: Kristy Booher, RAA – Associate Director of Athletics
It will be hard to top the accomplishments of the previous season, but that doesn’t mean the Gilmour Academy swim team won’t give every effort to make that happen. Last year, the girls finished the season as the Division II state runner-up, while the boys finished 17th out of a field of 58 teams. There were a total of six All-American swims, and according to third year head coach John Fagan, “The kids literally rewrote the school record books.”
School records were set for the boys in the 100 Breaststroke by then-junior Zach Hostoffer (57.36) and on the girls side, also in the 100 Breaststroke by then-junior Kiley Eble (1:06.35), in addition to records set by Macie McNichols ‘14 in the 50 Free (23.14) and 100 Free (50.30), Eble in the 100 Fly (55.16) and the 100 Back (54.91), the 200 Medley Relay team of then-junior Caroline McCormick, Alexa Jackson ’14, then-freshman Emma Meyer and Agnes Mirando ’14 (1:51.32), the 200 Free Relay team of Eble, Mirando, then-sophomore Abby Koerwitz and McNichols (1:35.65) and the 400 Free Relay team of Eble, Mirando, Koerwitz and McNichols (3:28.66).
Additionally, not a record-setting performance, but a strong effort to be noted was last year’s state meet 9th place finish of diver, then-sophomore Brooke Zedar. It was her second appearance at the state meet and an improvement of two places from her finish as a freshman. She is only getting better with time and is expected to do equally as well this season as a junior.
Knowing the bar has been set high in 2014-15, the Lancers’ top priorities of this season include team unity and holding each other accountable.
“The swimmers have taken it upon themselves to hold each other responsible for doing things correctly,” said Fagan. “We have a very close team. With each passing week, they continue to become even closer.”
The Lancers have just four seniors on the roster, including lone boy’s fourth-year swimmer Hostoffer and for the girls, Eble, McCormick and Marisa Palumbo.
“We are lucky to have a strong leader in Zach Hostoffer,” said Fagan, “He has really grown into a mature leader for this young boys team.”
“The girls know how they finished last year and are going into this season with confidence,” said Fagan.
The goal for the season is to continue to build upon the momentum from last year. Although it will be difficult to replicate the results exactly, Fagan hopes his team will continue to improve as a unit, being as competitive as possible through the dual meet season and then really ramping things up in the post season.
“This year we are concentrating a little more on the invitationals. We’ve scaled back the number of dual meets in order to do so,” said Fagan.
The main focus of the Lancers in the regular season is the Ned Reeb Invitational at The Ohio State University on December 13, the Viking Invitational at Cleveland State University on December 20 and the Northeast Classic on January 17.
“As a coach, the thing I am most looking forward to is the kids continuing to improve and set goals, while working towards those goals and competing at the highest level they are capable of competing,” said Fagan.
Gilmour begins the postseason on February 9 at the sectional meet at Hawken then continues with the district meet on February 16 at Cleveland State University. Qualifying team members will then move on to the state championship meet at Canton McKinley High School beginning February 25.