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State champ heading for OSU

December 3, 2009
By J.T. Whitehouse
The sports hall at Canfield High School was filled to capacity Nov. 24 as senior Garrett Trebilcock signed his letter of intent to continue his swimming career with The Ohio State University.

“He is going to go in as a freshman and make waves at OSU,” said CHS swim coach Andrea Linnelli.

The coach had the joy of watching Trebilcock win the state championship in the 200-meter individual medley in his junior year. She said he could easily bring home another championship this season.

Trebilcock has always loved the water. His mother, Sue, said he started swimming competitively at age four at the Youngstown Country Club. Since that time he has perfected his aquatic skills and is on track to earn his fourth varsity letter on the CHS swim team.

On his list of accomplishments, Trebilcock’s name has been entered four times for setting or sharing  a school record. He did it three times in the relay event and once in the 200-meter individual relay. He is a seven-time state finalist, has earned All-Ohio accolades nine times and achieved high school All-American status seven times.

Last winter, he clocked in at 1:53:00 in the 200-meter individual medley at the OHSAA Division II state meet to not only bring home Canfield’s first state championship in swimming, but in doing so, set a new state record.

Trebilcock’s honors include being named North East Aquatic Conference male swimmer of the year in both 2008 and 2009, male swimmer of the NEAC meet in 2009, winter athlete of the year in 2009 and was awarded the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award,

In the classroom, Trebilcock holds a 3.83 GPA and stands 37th out of a class of 276. He is also active in Key Club, has been inducted into the National Honor Society and volunteers for several community service activities.

He will be attending OSU on a partial swimming scholarship and he hopes to major in business. OSU was a good choice for the swim champ according to his mother.

“He wanted a Division I school and I think the OSU coach (Bill Wadley) can get him to the goals he is thinking of, which is the NCAA,” she said.

Trebilcock still has one more season with the Cardinal swim team and he could easily earn another state championship. It would be the fourth trip to the state swim meet.

“I’ve been to state every year since I was a freshman,” Trebilcock said. “Hopefully I can break some more records and make it to state again this season.

Article Photos

photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Canfield High School state champion swimmer Garrett Trebilcock, accompanied by his CHS coach Andrea Linnelli, far left, and parents Sue and Gary Trebilcock as he signed his letter of intent to continue his swimming career at OSU next fall.



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