senior Allison Kay (File photo by Larry Bennet)
floats like a butterfly and takes home a gold medal, Streaks finish
By Zachary Dzurick
Published March 2, 2005
seventh in the state at the D-1 state meet last weekend in Canton.
The Blue Streaks totaled 98 points which improved on last year's
79 points and ninth-place finish. The Streaks were the highest placing
team from Cuyahoga County, and Akron Firestone was the only school
from the northern part of the state to finish higher.
Kay shined at the meet. She was second in the 200 IM and won her
first state title in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 55.0.
Her split of 23.20 was also the fastest of any swimmer in the 200
free relay, which helped the Streaks to a sixth-place finish.
coach Jonathan Hurst was very happy with Kay and his entire team.
19 more points than last year, and it was the second highest total
in my seven years as a coach," Hurst said. "A lot of it was because
of Allison. She scored 37 points. I am really happy for her. Allison
is so fast that she could have been a difficult person to coach,
but she is not at all. She is very team orientated. She was excited
to get the gold but just as happy to get the team the points."
To hammer home
that point, it was only recently that it even occurred to Kay that
she could be a state champion.
cross my mind that I could be a state champion until I saw the results
of the district meets," Kay said. "It didn't sink in while I was
in the pool, it wasn't until I was on the podium."
Kay was very
happy with how her teammates performed.
"We did well
as a team when you consider that we only had 11 girls at the meet,"
Kay said. "Many of them were underclassmen there for the first time
and they were so excited to be there. Everyone did awesome."
Kay has accepted
a scholarship to Indiana. She said it was a bit bittersweet to swim
her last meet for Magnificat.
"It is a little
sad that it was my last meet in high school, but I guess it was
a good ending," Kay said.
Kay was joined
in the 200 free relay by sophomore Ashley Mrugacz, junior Elaina
Suba and junior Stephanie Bagi. The 400 free relay team of Kay,
Suba, Stephanie and Alex Bagi finished seventh. Suba also finished
eighth in the 100 back.
the finals for the first time in her career," Hurst said. "It was
quite an accomplishment. As a team, we performed well and I am happy
with the team score and our effort"
The Rocky River
girls team finished ninth at the D-2 state meet in Canton. Coach
Kyle Schultz was pleased with his team's performance.
"I was hoping
for a top-10 finish and we squeezed in at ninth," Schultz said.
"I am proud of what we did with what we had. I was impressed with
how during the finals at night everybody improved in their time
and place. We swam faster and beat people that were ahead of them.
Hallie English in the 500 moved up to ninth as did Krista Hanson
in the breast. The 200 free relay moved up from 14th to 12th. We
picked up points through gutsy swimming."
The River relay
teams finished sixth in the 400 free, 12th in the 200 free and 13th
in the 200 medley. Senior Hallie English concluded her fine career
with a 9th place finish in the 500 free and 11th in the 200 free.
Junior Krista Hanson was ninth in the breastroke. Sophomore Katie
Scherry was 13th in the 100 butterfly, Molly Stark was 17th in the
breastroke. English, Hanson and Scherry were joined by senior Annie
Emery on the 400 free team.
swam his last meet as Pirate by finishing 20th in both the 200 IM
and the 100 butterfly.
that English, Emery and Pampush will be missed.
a lot of leadership," Schultz said. "They were great examples for
our young kids to see how to be at an elite swimmer level. I will
was not the objective for the young members of the Westlake swim team.
It was about enjoying the benefits of hard work and being motivated
for more in the future.
Danny Lammer and Brandon Tabor and juniors Andrew McCready and Charles
Pelini competed in the 200 free. They were the first male swimmers
to compete for Westlake since 1980.
Splain, junior Aubree Bailey and sophomore Jenni Smith and Lauren
Schaefer competed in the 400 free. Splain also participated in the
Coach Jim Walsh
is confident the trip will pay dividends in many more return trips.
"It was great,"
Walsh said. "This is one of the best meets in the country with all
of the Olympians and record holders to come out of it. The guys
have not gone down for a long time. It was something we wanted to
accomplish. I am sure now they know that it can be done and they
can work for it. Next year, they want to make the finals. This will
help even those who didn't go to states. We will have more fun and
be more focused next year."
Charles Pelini agreed.
have that much of a history at states and we wanted this to be the
year," Pelini said. "Everyone for both the boys and girls relays
will be back. A chance to take the experience to repeat it next
year is phenomenal. We have already set plans based on what we learned
at state. We were able to look at other relays and what it takes
to make the finals. We can look at individual (times) and say this
is where I want to be next year or in two years. It was a lot of