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Katie Monroe had the Western Reserve Academy swimming and diving teams hit the water swimming in her first year as head coach of the program.
The girls team started the season with a big win over Aurora High School, 110-76, while the boys team earned its signature win of the season in January against Kiski School (Pa.).
In February, the 41-member junior varsity team competed in the Canton JV Invitational, with the medley relay team of junior Max Forsyth, senior Hudson residents Jonathan Depew and Samir Kuri and junior Hudson resident Zein Alali taking second place. Forsyth also finished third in the 100-yard backstroke, while freshman Hudson resident Katie Weinzierl placed third in the 200 individual medley. Collectively, the junior varsity swimmers took 360 seconds off their time at the meet.
The season came to a close as eight swimmers and two divers traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the 114th Annual Eastern Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships on the campus of LaSalle University.
The girls team was led by Most Valuable Swimmer Elizabeth Downing, a freshman, Most Improved Swimmer Maya Gallegos , a sophomore, and Coaches/Spirit Award recipient Katie Chlysta, a junior Hudson resident.
The boys team named Depew as its Most Valuable Swimmer, freshman Jaret Skonieczny as the Most Improved Swimmer and freshman Daniel Mylott as the Coaches/Spirit Award recipient.
On the diving team, senior Hudson resident Anne Carter was named Most Valuable Diver and Meredith McCuskey '17 received the Most Improved Diver award.
With her first season in the books, Monroe is already looking forward to next year when the girls team will welcome back Weinzierl, Downing and freshman Adjoa Tettey-Fio, who all qualified for Easterns, and junior Valerie Heyd, a strong competitor that Monroe will rely on to be a team leader.
On the boys' side, Monroe will look to junior Hudson residents Colin Horgan, Colin Barsella and Kurt Haller, along with Forsyth and Alali.
The Pioneers also congratulate graduating seniors Depew and Hudson resident Lisie Andersson, who will continue their swimming careers at the collegiate level next season at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and New York University, respectively.