WGH’s Thirion vows for better district showing

Emily Thirion entered last year’s Division I district meet at Cleveland State University with exceedingly great expectations.

She was in the top five in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

However, her times sunk by less than a second in the butterfly, but improved by a second in the breaststroke.

In both, her places dropped – leaving her out of the state competition.

“I think she got caught up at districts last year,” WGH coach Steve Lukco said. “It was a big meet that she hadn’t been in before. That’s going to prepare her better for this year.”

She knew what happened.

“Districts last year was a case of the freshman nerves,” Thirion said. “Way more hype. Way more faster. Way more everything – more than I was expecting going into it.”

It’s pretty odd to say about Thirion, considering she is so goal oriented.

“I love coaching Emily,” Lukco said. “The biggest thing with her is keeping her eye on the prize, so to speak. She knows what she wants to accomplish. When we have dual meets with the kids, she’ll come down with a piece of paper and says, ‘Here’s my goals. This is what I want to do.’ She usually does it.

“I think she has a great shot of making Canton in both of her events.”

She has a 58.8 in the butterfly and 1:07.43 in the breaststroke as personal best times.

“I’m very goal oriented,” Thirion said. “I have everything written out. This year, I plan to swim the same events I swam last year – the 100 butterfly and 100 breatstroke and lower the times I had from last year, get personal bests and break a couple of school records, hopefully.”

Her drive to state begins this weekend at the Division I sectionals at the Ocasek Natatorium on the campus of the University of Akron .

“This one will be with a lot more confidence, more preparation was put into this year,” Thirion said when she gets to districts. “I know what to expect and I know what I can do. I’m very confident this year.”