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Published: March 25, 2009 10:27 pm   

SWIMMING: GI's Evan Carey is Gazette's Swimmer of the Year

By Nate Beutel
Niagara Gazette

• SCHOOL: Grand Island

• GRADE: Junior

• EVENTS: All except the 100-yard breaststroke and diving

• SCOOP: Seventh at state meet in 50- and 100-yard freestyle events… Section VI champion in 100 free… sectional runner-up in 50 free… Niagara Frontier League champion in 200 free… unbeaten in all events during NFL dual meets… earned all-American consideration two consecutive years… USA Swimming Scholastic all-American.

• COACH’S QUOTE: “Our goal was to try to hit our best times and peak at the state meet and sectionals and Evan did that. As a young man, Evan has both feet firmly planted on the ground. He’s a great example of what we’re trying to teach here at Grand Island.”

— Phil Ciraolo