Hubbard’s Spurio eyeing return trip to state meet

Joey Spurio made the Division II state swimming meet last year.

This year, the Hubbard senior is looking to get back there again. The state meet in Canton is in late February.

Spurio made it in the 100-yard butterfly and swam his fastest time in 54.31 seconds.

“Making the top 16 would ultimately be the goal from last year, basically improving my placing amongst everyone else that is there would be an accomplishment,” Spurio said.

He has swam 55.03 this season in the butterfly, but hopes to add the 200 individual medley to his state-bound repertoire. The 200 IM consists of 50-yard each of the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle in one race.

“We think his butterfly is going to be back there,” Hubbard coach Mike Barringer said. “We think he has the potential to go back in the 200 IM, which is an event he’s swam in the past and an event he holds the school record in.”

Spurio has swam 2:06 in the IM, but has only went 2:07 this year.

The 200 IM gives Spurio the diversity he needs to swim at the collegiate level. Right now, Spurio is torn between Westminster College and the University of Mount Union.

“I can tell you from swimming on a college swim team a lot of freshmen, when they first come, are spot fillers,” said Barringer, who swam at Westminster College. “Some freshmen are so great at all the strokes the come in and they’re one of the top swimmers when they get there. But for others, being so diverse and being able to swim all four as well as Joe does. It makes him really attractive toward college coaches.”

For Spurio, he just wants to do what’s best for the team.

“I feel it really broadens my contributions to whatever team I swim for in college,” he said of swimming the 200 IM. “That I can contribute to whatever area they need me to and that I can swim in decently well and put up some points for the team.”

Barringer added Spurio’s swimming prowess will serve him well outside of the pool as well.

“No matter what he does, he’s going to be successful at,” Barringer said. “It’s a tribute to his hard work and dedication. No matter what he goes into, no matter what I throw at him, or what a college coach throws at him, he’s going to be able to handle it. He’s going to do it to the best of his abilities. I have no doubt about it.”