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Story last updated at 5:14 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Homer grad, team take 1st in NCAA swim competition



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Lars Matkin, a 2008 Homer High School graduate, swims breaststroke for Kenyon College's Kenyon Lords in NCAA Division 3 national swim competition last weekend. The team took first place in the 200 medley.

Lars Matkin, a 2008 Homer High School graduate, swam for Kenyon College in the NCAA Division Three national swimming competition in Indianapolis, Ind., last week. His team, the Kenyon Lords, took second place.

Matkin swam the breaststroke in the 200-medley relay, with the Kenyon Lords team of four winning first place in the nation. In the 400-medley relay, the team took fourth place and Matkin qualified for 12th place with his 100-yard breaststroke.

Also competing in the NCAA national swimming event was Alissa Vereshchagin of Cleveland, Ohio. Vereshchagin visited and taught swimming in Homer in 2010. Her team, the Kenyon Ladies, took fourth in the nation and she took first place the 100 breaststroke.

Matkin is the son of Olga von Ziegesar and Craig Matkin. "He took first place in the state in breaststroke in 2008," said his mother, Olga von Ziegesar. "When he got to college, he found himself on the bottom of the team. He's really improved."

Matkin has focused his studies at Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, on biochemistry. After graduating in May, he will work as a lab technician at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, while applying for medical school.