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Male Athlete of the Week: Alex Kemenov
by Bobby Tedder
February 06, 2013 03:28 PM | 1840 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Chamblee senior Alex Kemenov
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Chamblee senior Alex Kemenov
One might say that the pool is Alex Kemenov’s second home.

Judging by the results he’s produced as a competitive swimmer for Chamblee, he seems that comfortable there.

His performance in the 2013 DeKalb Swimming and Diving Championships was golden, including turning in a county-best time of 22.18 in the 50-yard freestyle.

Chalk up the senior captain’s success to a set of skills and intangibles his coaches rave about.

“Alex has matured over the years and has dedicated himself to getting better,” said Chamblee coach Wesley Graham. “He also developed a team mentality doing whatever it takes to help the team.

“If I need him to swim [individual medley] he volunteers; if I need him to swim the 50 free he swims it and wins.”

Graham likens Kemenov’s development to a “Japanese Shokunin honing his knife before dinner service.”

Add living up to his responsibility as a team captain to Kemenov’s growing prep resume.

“His influence on the team this

year has been positive,” Graham noted. “He has gotten all the swimmers excited about being a part of the team and making sacrifices in what events they swim to gain the most points possible.”

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