The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


November 21, 2013

Medina swim team excited and ready for winter season


MEDINA — Medina veteran swim coach Mary Dooley worked with both the boys and girls teams for 12 years.

This year, the Mustangs have added a separate boys coach: Aaron Moessinger, who works in the Lyndonville district. Dooley is back, coaching just the girls team.

For Dooley, the split serves as a great opportunity to work with the girls more and help them realize their full potential throughout the winter season.

"We're in a rebuilding period, and we're going to really work with our younger swimmers and develop them," Dooley said. "It's a young squad, and our goal is always to keep swimming faster. We may not be the fastest, but if we can keep getting faster, we'll be okay."

This season, Dooley has high hopes for the trio of sophomore Haylee Cogovan (who finished in fourth place in breaststroke at last year's Niagara-Orleans/Genesee Region League crossover meet), sophomore Emma Gardner and senior Max Wright. 

Dooley is also encouraged by the team's high level of chemistry and togetherness, saying that the girls genuinely like each other and root for each other, traits that can propel a team to upset victories that might otherwise not be possible.

The Lady Mustangs finished fourth in the N-O league last season, and hope to continue on an upward trend this year, Dooley said. The veteran coach also added that the recent addition of a modified swimming program has helped recruit a larger contingent of swimmers, and that the strength in numbers should only help the program down the road.

"The impact since the modified program has been reinstated has been amazing," Dooley said. "It keeps kids from showing up rusty at the varsity level."

Moessinger heard of the boys swim coach opening via Mark Hughes, who works in the Lyndonville district and is the father of Medina athletic director Chris Hughes. Intrigued, Moessinger applied and was awarded the job. The two districts are not currently merged for swimming (Lyndonville doesn't have a team), but a merger could be a possibility in the future.

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