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Coach G's Blog: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Coach Gianiodis is in his ninth season at the helm of the Spartans.

April 10, 2013

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I apologize for not keeping this updated and there is no excuse beyond me being lazy. The last month has been busy for our program and many things have happened.

First and foremost, Jacob Jarzen competed in his fourth-consecutive NCAA championship in March. He joins a very exclusive list of Spartans who have competed in four NCAA championships in their career. He finished 10th in the 100 butterfly at the meet and he also competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke. The NCAA meet was incredibly fast and it was a real honor for the program to be there.

We have had many of our alumni have babies in the last month also. Kate (Duncombe) Ellington had a little girl on March 26 - congrats to her and her husband. Andrea (Yocum) Foren had a little girl in April - congrats to her and her husband. Marlys (Fuqua) Roberts is in labor as I write this - so congratulations to her and her husband. So many little Spartans and I hope to see them all hopefully at homecoming this year.

Speaking of homecoming, our annual alumni meet is scheduled for October 12, 2013. The meet has yet to have a time since we are waiting on a start time for the football game. Also, I want to remind everyone that the John Munley Memorial Long Course meet is set for Saturday, June 22. Start time for that is 5:15 p.m.

Next Sunday, we will have our annual team banquet. We have many awards to give out and of course we will have the Golden Spike ceremony, as well. I promise to provide updates on the banquet next week and the week after.

I do want you all to know that our long time motor coach operator, John Ricci, is retiring from driving. We do plan to have John at our Banquet next week and we will also award him with a Golden Spike. Many of you know John and have stayed in touch with him after you graduated. His presence with our team and on our trips will be missed.



Until next time,

Matt G

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