As each year begins, every team is looking to discover who will step up to the plate and take on a team’s crucial leadership roles after a loss of a senior class.
Coach Dan Reese of the swimming and diving team has already seen major contributions from swimmers in each grade.
The girls team has opened their season 2-2, and the boys 3-1. The girls won at Western Reserve Academy and at Nordonia, and they saw losses to Wadsworth and North Canton Hoover. On the other hand, the boys won against Western Reserve Academy, Wadsworth, and Nordonia, along with a hard-fought loss against powerhouse North Canton Hoover at the Bulldogs’ home pool.
The first person to snatch a real leadership position was Isaac Lumley in the season opener against Wadsworth. Lumley left his name on the wall with a record-breaking time in the 100 freestyle of 48.98. He demolished the previous record of 51.41.
Two sophomores have also stepped up early in the season on the boys side. Cory Cremer and Simon Lumley are proving to be aces in Reese’s bag of tricks. Cremer won the 500 freestyle in the first three meets, winning by merely tenths of a second in a race against a North Canton Hoover swimmer with an impressive time of 5:29.89. Cremer’s win in this event was one of the few all night.
Simon Lumley is a big competitor as well, dropping 1:11.87 in the 100 breaststroke in a crucial win against a Western Reserve swimmer, and a win in the 200 individual medley over Wadsworth with a time of 2:20.59.
Alongside these two sophomores is Kevin Houk with a number of wins–most notably in the 100 backstroke against Western Reserve with a time of 1:05.39.
The Lady Bulldogs are seeing big contributions from all grades. Freshman, sophomores and juniors alike have all won events at the first four meets.
Freshman Kayla Engle has been 1:16.25 in her 100 breaststroke which is a time that captured the girls sole win against North Canton Hoover.
Sophomore sprint duo Samantha Huddleston and Amy Vober have also seen their fair share of first place and fast times. Huddleston won two events against Wadsworth: a 59.39 100 freestyle and 26.09 50 freestyle. Vober captured a win in the 50 freestyle against Western Reserve with a time of 27.49.
Junior Lizzie Cole is starting off the year fast with a 1:20.33 100 meter breaststroke against Western Reserve.
The Bulldogs take on league rival Twinsburg at their home pool on Friday night at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12, and they will travel to Bowling Green State University to compete in the Northwest Ohio Classic at 8 a.m on Dec. 19th.