The Falcons welcomed the Hawken School Swim Team to Firestone Natatorium for their first home meet of the 2013-14 season. Henry Strawn and Andrea Lee earned swimmer of the meet recognition as the Firestone Boys and Girls Teams were defeated by the Hawks (Results).
Cameron Peachock and Carly Chelovitz turned in solid early season swims to garner swimmer of the meet accolades as the Falcon Girls and Boys Teams were defeated by Brunswick (Results). Looking ahead the Falcons travel to Columbus to face Upper Arlington and compete in the Ned Reeb Invite.
Both the Firestone High School Boys and Girls Swim Teams fell to the Generals in their season opener at Wooster High School (Results). Inspiring swims from numerous first season Falcons highlighted the event with Johnte’ Colvin and Hannah Eberly named swimmers of the meet.
As most of you know by now, we lost a member of our FHAA family yesterday. Adam Grigas passed away yesterday morning unexpectedly. He was a Firestone Alumni, All American Swimmer and wonderful coach and mentor for the Firestone swim team.Please keep Adam and the whole Grigas family in your thoughts and prayers!Calling hours are from 4-7 on Friday @ Billows Funeral Home. A service will be held Saturday @ 6:00 pm at Firestone HS Pool.Rick VeghFHAA President
Firestone High School seniors carried on the Falcon Swim Team tradition of community service and outreach with their presentation of a check for $5,338 to Akron Children’s Hospital as a gift from the 2012 Kids Helping Kids Swim Marathon. Please go to 2013 Kids Helping Kids Swim Marathon to sponsor a swimmer for the 2013 Kids Helping Kids Marathon benefitting Akron Children’s Hospital.
The Firestone High School Swim Team put their cross-training skills to the test in the annual preseason Falcon Swimming Triathlon. Shannon Cahalan was the first of the Falcon girl swimmers while Jacob Petry was the first of the Falcon boy swimmers to complete the 1 mile swim – 2.5 mile run – 13 mile bike triathlon course.
Senior Katie Miller earned Swimmer of the Year recognition to top the 2013 Plain Dealer Girls Swimming All-Stars (2013 Plain Dealer Girls Swimming All-Stars). Senior Mark Belanger also received 2013 Plain Dealer Boys Swimming All-Star honors (2013 Plain Dealer Boys Swimming All-Stars). Firestone teammates Shannon Cahalan, Carly Chelovitz, and Natalie O’Brien were given Special Mention in The Plain Dealer’s list of Ohio State High School notable performers for the 2012-2013 swimming season.
Falcon senior Katie Miller’s distinguished high school swimming career came to a storied close with a state title in the 100-yard backstroke and a record setting, state title in the 200-yard IM (Akron Beacon Journal). Falcon senior Mark Belanger concluded his outstanding high school swimming career with a state title in the 100-yard freestyle and a 3rd place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (Akron Beacon Journal). Firestone junior Natalie O’Brien placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle. Teammates Lauren Vegh, Katie Miller, Natalie O’Brien, and Carly Chelovitz placed 16th in the 200-yard medley relay while teammates Natalie O’Brien, Shannon Cahalan, Carly Chelovitz, and Katie Miller placed 5th in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the 2013 Division I Ohio State Swimming Championships (Complete Results).