At 6:00 on Saturday, November 1, 2014, the Firestone High School Swim & Diving Team will kick-off its Twenty-Sixth Annual “Kids Helping Kids” Marathon Swim. The Marathon is a twelve hour event and there will be a swimmer or diver in six lanes of the Firestone High School pool for the duration of the Marathon. The Marathon is an important part of the proud tradition of the Firestone program and the proceeds are shared by the swim/diving teams and Akron Children’s Hospital.
The Marathon has always been a lot fun and builds team unity at the start of the swim & diving season. Even more important, the “Kids Helping Kids” campaign has provided over $153,000 to Akron Children’s Hospital since the Marathon was started twenty-six years ago. The Firestone team’s fundraising efforts for the 2014 Marathon will support the first year of a five-year $20,000 pledge to support a pre-op waiting room in the new ambulatory care surgery center at Akron Children’s Hospital.
During October, the Firestone boys and girls will begin to solicit donations from friends, neighbors, families, local businesses and alumni, to support the Marathon on November 1st, 2014. Each swimmer has a goal of raising $200.
If you would like to make a donation to help the team fulfill their goal, you can make a check out to the Firestone High Aquatic Association (FHAA). For online donations via credit card, please use the PayPal “donate” button on the web-site home page at www.firestoneswimming.org. All donations are tax deductible and no amount it too small. Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause.
Firestone swimmers closed the 2013-14 season at the Ohio State Championships at C.T. Branin Natatorium. Senior Natalie O’Brien placed 18th in the 500 Free with a season best time of 5:06.67 and joined teammates Shannon Cahalan, Carly Chelovitz and Lauren Vegh to finish 24th in the 200 free relay (Results).
Several Falcons capped off their season with excellent swims at the Northeast District Championships. The Boys and Girls relay teams had strong showings with the Girls 200 free relay making the cut to advance to the state championships (Results).
Congratulations to the Falcon swimmers headed to the Ohio State Championship Meet: Shannon Cahalan, Carly Chelovitz, Natalie O’Brien, Clare Scantling, and Lauren Vegh.
Firestone swimmers teamed up at the Northeast Sectional Swim Meet as several individual event swimmers and both Falcon Girls and Boys 200 and 400 Free Relay Teams advanced to the Northeast District Championships (Results).
Congratulations to District Qualifiers: Shannon Cahalan, Carly Chelovitz, Natalie O’Brien, Anne Scantling, Clare Scantling, Sarah Stutler, Lauren Vegh, Jeffrey Chadbourne, Alex Michael, Garrett Parker, Cameron Peachock, Jacob Petry, and Henry Strawn.
The Falcons celebrated the swimming, diving and academic careers of seniors Maggie Dempster, Gary Hearst, Andrea Lee, Kat Mastro, Chelsea Noble, Natalie O’Brien, Jacob Petry, Clare Scantling and Annie Sell with an appreciation ceremony at Firestone Natatorium. In the pool Jeffrey Chadbourne, Garrett Parker, Maggie Dempster and Shannon Cahalan turned in swimmer of the meet performances as the Falcon Girls defeated Shaker and the Falcon Boys fell to Shaker in the final home meet of their dual meet season (Results).
The Solon Comets eclipsed the Falcon Girls and Boys Teams in their final away dual meet of the 2013-2014 season (Results). Andrea Lee’s 100 fly and Garrett Parker’s 200 and 500 free performances secured swimmer of the meet recognition.
Despite several rousing swims the Falcon girls were upended by Hathaway Brown while the Falcon boys fell to University School at Firestone Natatorium (Results). Sprint swims from Hannah Eberly and distance swims from Nolan O’Brien were awarded swimmer of the meet accolades.
The Falcons took to the pool at Akron University for the prelims of the Northeast Classic. Carly Chelovitz, Natalie O’Brien, Clare Scantling and Lauren Vegh had solid preliminary swims to advance to the finals at C.T. Branin Natatorium as the Falcons sharpen their efforts for the approaching championship season (Results).
(Photo from left, Leonard Firestone, Harvey Firestone, Roger Firestone and Raymond Firestone at the 1963 Firestone Natatorium dedication)
An Akron institution that has spawned local, state, national and Olympic champs is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The pool at Firestone High School opened in October 1963, a gift to the community from the Firestone brothers. Since then, hundreds of students have spent their high school years going to early-morning swim practices and dealing with chlorine-damaged hair. Along the way, dozens became All Americans; and a select few earned Olympic medals. The team earned national high school swimming titles in 2000 and 2002. To mark this significant occasion, swimming and diving alumni, parents, supporters and all in the community are invited to the Firestone High Aquatic Association’s Golden Anniversary Bash, the annual fundraising gala for the Firestone Swimming and Diving Team. The event is Jan. 25 from 6-11 p.m. at St. George’s Fellowship Hall, 3204 Ridgewood Road. A reverse raffle will award $2,000 in cash prizes, and there will also be silent and live auctions of items generously donated by sponsors and businesses in the community. The event also includes appetizers, dinner, open bar and dessert. Tickets are $75 with an additional dinner only (no raffle ticket) priced at $25. For tickets, contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Falcons took a break from two-a-day winter break training sessions and traveled to Canton where the Firestone Girls and Boys Teams fell to Hoover in dual meet competition (Results). A quartet of Falcons – Andrea Lee, Leah Jones, Garrett Parker, and Jacob Petry – turned in stand out swims to secure swimmer of the meet recognition.