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Perkins Stephanie Gyurke to swim for Ohio Univ.

AnthonyMoujaes • Dec 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM

One of Perkins' most productive swimmers will dive into the Mid- American Conference next year.

Senior Stephanie Gyurke gave Ohio University a verbal commitment, accepting an athletic scholarship to compete for the Bobcats next fall in Athens, Ohio.

On her visit to the campus, Gyurke said she liked how the girls swim team was a tight-knit group

"The experience was great," said Gyurke, who has sent her letter of intent during an early signing period before the start of the season.

"I'm glad because it's one less stress knowing where I'm going," Gyurke said. She also considered other schools like Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Duquesne, and even Indiana.

Ohio was the first school Gyurke visited during the recruiting phase. She is considering the school's aquatic therapy program.

"We're both excite that she's going and going to a great program with a great coach," said Ron Gyurke, her father and a Perkins assistant coach.

The Gyurkes live in Bellevue, where Stephanie, younger sister Beth and Ron wake up at 5 a.m. for varsity swim practices that start at 5:45 a.m.

It's clearly paid off.

"She's a three-time MVP," Perkins head coach Steve Cremean said Sunday. Gyurke also has school records in multiple individual events and relays.

Having stepped onto the scene at an early age, Gyurke has been a leader for the program and piled up points with each race.

"Highly competitive. She's such a racer," Cremean said. "She's been the go-to girl, and can step it up in the big race and on the biggest stage. At the biggest levels she's at her best."

Gyurke is already a three-time state qualifier, and has placed in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM all three times. In February, she placed fourth in both events in Canton, was third with the 200 freestyle relay and second with the 400 freestyle relay.

"She's quite capable and highly productive in all facets," Cremean said.

With all four members -- senior Emily Mariea, sophomore Kimberly Anglin, junior Camille Cremean and Gyurke -- of the 400 relay back this winter, the group could likely finish top of the podium with a state title in late February.

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