High school girls swimming

Youth movement for Belfast pool athletes

By Staff | Dec 24, 2013

Belfast — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Belfast Area High School girls swim team:

Coach/years coached current team: Donna Kelly, seventh year.

Last year's record/playoff information: The Lions finished 19th (24 points) at the state Class B championships and fourth (162 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships.

Roster: Seniors Lacey Durkee (freestyle, butterfly), Amelia Kockerols (free, breaststroke), Alexis Ames (free, breast) and Lindsey Ward (free); junior Ciya Freeman (free); sophomores Alison Hills (free, individual medley) and Hannah White (free, backstroke, diving); and freshmen Kaylen Ottman (free, IM), Jessica Clapp (free, IM, breast), Genevieve Schortz (free), Morgan Fernald (free, back, IM, diving) and Brittany Steele (free, back).

Known graduation losses: Geneva Bielenberg, Natalie Calligan, Maria Swebilius, Kalyn Robbins and Hannah Meiden.

Significant impact swimmers/divers: Durkee, Ottman, Fernald and Clapp.

Team strengths: Youth and potential for growth.

Team goals: To have all swimmers improve on their times, have a positive attitude and to enjoy practices and meets every day.

Top league/regional opponent: Camden Hills.

Outlook: The Lions lost a handful of talented swimmers to graduation and will go through a bit of a youth movement this year in the pool, though coach Kelley said she has gotten strong efforts from many of her young student-athletes in the early stages of the regular season.

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