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090916 morgan swift2/sports DAN CAPPELLAZZO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Lewiston - Lew-Port swimmer Morgan Swift takes a break from practice at Lew-Port High.

Morgan Swift got her start in swimming because of her father, Tom. She’s moving up the Niagara Frontier League leaderboard thanks in large part to her brother, Adam.

“I always try to keep up with him and do just as good or better,” the smiling Lewiston-Porter sophomore said of her senior sibling. “Swimming is something we share in common. We both do the freestyle events. We push each other.”

Lancers coach Josh Janese, a former standout himself at Lew-Port, has coached both brother and sister and definitely sees the resemblance.

“The freestyle is what their family does, I guess,” he said with a laugh. “But seriously, they both work hard, they’re good kids and they always want to get better.”

That’s never been more evident than this past offseason, when Swift admitted she finally realized it was time to increase the workload. Swift picked up her yardage and made a point of participating in each and every practice at Ed Maynard’s renowned Whitewater Swim Club during the winter and summer. She took some of the spring off for softball.

“I hadn’t been doing as good as I should have,” Swift said. “ I knew I could do better. It was time to pick it up and start working harder.”

And Janese noticed.

“She’s matured a lot from last year alone,” he said. “There’s no more complaints about practice. She actually enjoys practice now I think. She’s really developing into a good swimmer.”

The coach added that Swift’s physical growth has stabilized, allowing her to improve mechanics and shave seconds off her times. So far this fall, her 500 freestyle times have dropped each race.

“She’s coming into her own this year,” Janese said. “Now, she’s expected to win a lot more, too. Previously a second or third was OK for her, but now it’s time to win races and I think she knows that. It’s her turn to step into the limelight.”

Individually, Swift is already closing in on sectional-qualifying times in the 50 and 500 free. The 200 free and relays are also within striking distance.

“I’m just going to keep pushing myself toward my goals,” Swift said, while noting that her primary team objective is to break the Lancers’ lengthy dual-meet losing streak that stretches back to the 2007 season.

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