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February 4, 2013

Dynasty times seven, divided by 19

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“A lot of the guys who are here are guys who’ve been waiting in the wings. We’ve had some real studs come through the program,” Matthews said. “Now, here’s their chance to swim in the middle of the lane and get the limelight and they’re working hard.”
In past undefeated seasons, it’s been familiar names like the Beabouts, Jon and sibling twins Josh and Jason, along with Aaron Wagner, Zach Yates, Kevin Jennings and Patrick and Cody Jones, who were main players in getting the most recent dynasty started.
Today, it’s a brand new set of fresh faces leading the Rams, who have won the past two sectional Class C championships. Many of today’s top performers are former members of the Lockport YMCA or the Roy-Hart Sea Lions or the school’s modified program, which was unfortunately eliminated by budget cuts this year.
Among the top swimmers at Roy-Hart are junior Roy Phipps, who’s the league’s top prospect in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Also topping the league are fellow Rams junior Lyle Wagner (200 IM and 100 butterfly), distance specialist senior Jeff Durbin in the 200 and 500 freestyles and Roy-Hart’s 200 and 400 free relay quartets of senior Luke Brauer (50 and 100 free specialist), Phipps, Durbin and Wagner.
Among other top performers include junior distance and breaststroke specialist Nich DiNardo and senior medley and backstroke specialist Andrew Ayers. Up and coming talents include sophomore freestyler Raymond Sack, freshman Mason Sparks and eighth grader Elliot Spitzer.
Others on the roster have parents who swam at Roy-Hart and these include Brauer, junior Zach Augustyn and senior Jared Hinkson. Rounding out the roster are seniors David Kling, Jimmy Sparks, Brent Thorman and Nate Wheeler, juniors David Brooks and Evan Conley; and sophomores Denzel Flowers and Colton Spicer.

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