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Amy Vober and Issac Lumley break school swimming records

Entering high school as an athlete, many freshman enter their sport with high hopes — maybe one of those dreams would be to set a school record. Those dreams seem far from reach most of the time and are usually broken during an athlete’s later years in high school but, for sophomore Amy Vober, this was not the case.

Going into the meet, Vober had no expectations of breaking the 10-year old school record in the 50 yard freestyle, her best event. Previously, Vober’s best time was 26.33. Shattering all expectations set by herself and coaches, Vober dropped 1.71 seconds and demolished the school record of 24.93 and swam a 24.62.

The time made Vober second in the district and automatically qualified her for the district meet the following weekend. The moment was surreal for the sophomore sensation.

“After my race, when I looked up at the board and saw not only had I won my heat but I had broken the school record, I was in shock,” Vober said. “It did not feel real until I looked over at my coaches. They were jumping in excitement just as in shock as I was.”

In her second event, the 100 yard freestyle, sprinter Vober shaved 3.38 more seconds off of her former personal best for a time of 54.87 that also put her in 5th overall and set her up for the district meet.

“During the swim season, I had very high expectations of myself and I was determined to reach those goals,” Vober said. “I put in 100 percent effort in every practice, which I would have never gotten through without the help of my teammates and coaches. The morning of sectionals, I made sure I had the right mindset and was determined to reach my goals. The time came and I definitely exceeded those expectations.”

Vober was not alone on her quest to shatter records. At the sectional meet, Isaac Lumley came with fire in his eyes and a goal he wasn’t ending his season without meeting: the OHSAA swimming state meet. An incredibly competitive pool of qualifiers beat Lumley out last season very narrowly. Although setting a school record, it just wasn’t quite enough last year.

Lumley started his meet strong with a time of 21.75 in the 50 freestyle. Keeping the momentum going, Lumley achieved a personal best and reset his own record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.23. Lumley easily qualified for districts along with 10 other teammates.

In the 50 the next weekend, Lumley improved to a time of 21.40 and in the 100, a time of 47.05. The times were a great improvement from the previous weekend, and Lumley was set to swim the following Friday at CT Branin Natatorium in North Canton for the state meet; the first swimmer for Stow to be able to qualify in years.

For the next five days, Lumley was put onto a strict training schedule leading up to the state meet. He was completing his sets alone with coach Dan Reese as the only state qualifier.

“Traning by myself was pretty intense and kind of lonely at times, but I knew it would pay off in the end,” said Lumley.

At the state meet, Lumley struggled to drop time from his bests but that is common among many who reach the state meet. In the 50 freestyle, he swam a 21.65 and a 47.06 in the 100 freestyle. Although not reaching finals in the 50, Lumley had a second chance to swim on Saturday evening in the 100 in a consolation heat; his time was an impressive 47.31.

“States was an incredible experience. My times weren’t what I was hoping for, but I was pretty tired by the time I got there; as were many other swimmers,” said Lumley.

Vober and Lumley will have their times up in Akron General Lifestyles’ pool on the record board. The sophomore will be back next year to viciously defend her name, and up and comings will set their sights on these new times for years to come.

Teenagers important for upcoming election season

With the 2016 presidential election growing closer and closer everyday, many Americans are becoming excited to exercise their rights. Those turning 18 before the general election may be missing important information; they are allowed to vote in the primaries and caucuses as 17-year-olds if they turn 18 before the voting day.

17-year-olds can vote in primaries and caucuses in large number of states, including Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Although that may seem like a large number of states, less than half allow 17-year-olds to participate in state primaries and caucuses.

Also, in Alaska, Kansa, North Dakota, and Washington, 17-year-old Democrats are able to participate in their party’s caucus, but Republicans may not.

Allowing 17-year-olds the right to participate in primaries and caucuses encourages them to engage in voting and form a habit of it at a younger age; which is vitally important due to the country’s extremely low voter turnout on Election Day. Political parties also benefit from this as well. If a teen votes for a certain party when they are young, their chances of voting for that party throughout their life is very high.

Opening up the primaries and caucuses to teens is opening up whole new door in politics as well. Candidates must strive to appeal to the younger voters now as well. In 2008, four million 17-year-olds were eligible to vote, but many young voters (18-29) do not turn out on Election Day because they are not prepared. Allowing 17-year-olds to participate early in the primaries and caucuses with increase their likelihood of voting each year after.

“I’m excited to be able to make a difference and voice my opinion in this election,” Hudson junior Anne Kennedy said.

To register to vote, one must visit the state online registry website. The form can be mailed in to the county’s board of elections, or physically taken into the office by Feb. 15 to participate in the Ohio primary election.

Mr. Moyer has registry forms in his room for student to encourage all of his students to exercise the right to vote.

Girls Swim and Dive vs. Hudson

The swim and dive team opened up the year with a hard-fought loss to rival Hudson.

Coming out of a grueling two weeks of two-a-days and lifting over winter break, the Bulldogs had some amazing swims to kick off the new year.

The meet was Friday, Jan. 8, and the Bulldogs faced a well-known opponent: Hudson. Although the two teams did not face each other in a dual meet last season, they have in previous years. The swim and dive team faces Hudson in a number of invitational meets as well throughout the season.

To begin the meet, the 200 medley relay of junior Sam Houk, and sophomores Kayla Engle, Amy Vober, and Sam Huddleston took 4th place with a time of 2:03.10. The relay finished with one of their best times this season.

The second medley relay of sophomore Lorna Vizmeg, juniors Kaleigh Dye and Madison DeCheco and junior Julia Fuller stole 5th with a time of 2:19.57. The girls also grabbed a season best.

The 200 freestyle was a strong event for the girls. Juniors Lizzie Cole and Dye swam all-time bests; 2:11.97 and 2:19.20 respectively with drops of 1 second or more. The girls took 2nd and 3rd, beating out two Hudson swimmers to win the event.

In the 200 IM, DeCheco and Engle both saw strong swims. DeCheco pulled a season best by nine seconds, and Engle stayed strong and held her personal best in the event. Their times were 2:39.64 and 2:42.51 respectively.

In the 50 free, the girls took 1st, 3rd and 6th. Huddleston won the event with a time of 26.23, just off of a personal best by under half a second. Vober placed 3rd with a time of 27.09, consistent with her personal best by just under a second. Fuller stole 6th with a time of 31.01.

Divers Amanda Kimble and Houk had strong meets as well, scoring 175 and 144 respectively. Kimble took 2nd and Houk took 4th, scoring six points total for the team.

After the senior night traditions, the girls came back strong in the 100 butterfly. Vober and DeCheco swam strong. Vober was half a second from a personal best and DeCheco was a second from a personal best, dropping four from a seasonal best. The girls won 3rd and 4th in the event.

In the 100 freestyle, Huddleston came in strong and swam a race fairly consistent with a personal best as well. Senior Josie Cremer performed well with a 1:29.81.

In the 500, the girls fought hard for placing 4th, 5th and 6th. Dye saw a 14-second drop in the event from her personal best, with a time of 6:08.14. Fuller and Vizmeg both had strong, consistent swims.

The 200 freestyle relay carried strong with a time of 1:49.29, a season best. The two relays took 2nd and 5th places.

Going into the last events of the meets, Houk and Vizmeg had strong races in the 100 backstroke. Both girls were around two seconds from personal bests. Their times were 1:08.53 and 1:18.11, respectively.

Cole and Engle saw fast races in the 100 breaststroke. Cole dropped one second off of her personal best with a time of 1:19.01 and stole 3rd place. Engle snuck past and won 2nd, with a time of 1:18.22, consistent with her personal bests.

To end the meet, the 400 freestyle relay took 3rd place with a time of 4:15.86. Lead-off swimmer Kaleigh Dye swam a strong race, with a time of 1:05.28.

The Lady Bulldogs ended the meet with a hard-fought loss; although, the meet was one of their best this season individually. Most of the team saw time drops at a crucial point in the season. The Bulldogs face yet another rival Friday, Jan. 15 against the Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers at the Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls.

Swimming and Diving kicks off their season

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.