The Stow-Monroe Falls swim team took the sting out of the Medina Bees Dec. 14 in the season's home opener at Akron General Medical Center.
The boys scored a 118-65 win, while the girls notched a come-from-behind 98-88 victory.
With the wins, the Stow boys improved to 3-0, 2-0 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division, while the girls moved to 2-1, 1-1 in the division.
The boys controlled this meet from the start, as senior Jacob Earle and junior Cody Vantrease each scored first place in their two individual events and relays.
Earle and Vantrease, along with senior Cameron Potter and junior Curtis Henry, set the tone by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:50.81.
Vantrease went 1:56.61 to take first in the 200 free. Earle took first in the 200 individual medely in 2:12.44.
In the 100 free Vantrease looked strong, as he took first with a 50.86.
"Cody is right where he should be at this point in the season in this event," Stow coach Dan Reese said. "He needs to keep pushing forward to get better."
Earle, Vantrease, Potter and Henry helped their 200 free relay team win in a time of 1:36.13. Also finishing with a first place and improved time was the 400 free relay team of sophomores Max Bauer, Shane Riddle Schuyler Morris and junior Justin Faluotico (3:54.42).
"Jacob and Cody continue to be the leaders on our team, but we have new swimmers on the boys side stepping up every meet," Reese said. "Curtis Henry continues to show improvement and is becoming an important part of our relays, his hard work is paying off. Our underclassmen have all improved tremendously and as a coaching staff this excites us as we move forward through the season."
Some of those swimmers making those contributions began with the 200 Medley relay teams of Riddle, Junior Alex Cremer, Bauer and Faluotico (2:00.88) finished third. Riddle (2:26) and Cremer (2:37.38) finished third and fourth in the 200 IM. In the 50 free Potter (23.650, Henry (25.01) and Morris (25.1) took second, third and fourth.
nAlthough Stow didn't win the individual diving competition, the combination of second through fourth points allowed Stow to win the diving event. Seniors Will Sheppard (136.80 points), Jeff Bryn (106.72) and freshman Kyle Miner (80.25) took second, third and fourth respectively.
In the 100 butterfly, Potter (1:03.37), Logan Burgess (1:18.75) and freshman Akiejan Gabbas (1:27.01) went second, third and fourth respectively.
In the 100 free, Morris dropped more than a second with a 56.98. Henry dropped over three seconds for his personal record with a 57.14.
In the 500 free, Riddle 5:46.64 took second. Faluotico (5:49.67) and freshman Isaac Lumley, (6:33.31) took third and fourth.
The 200 free relay team of Morris, sophomore Josh Pflug, sophomore Corey Dyer and Cremer finished with a 1:48.03.
Stow went third, fourth and fifth in the 100 Back. Dyer went a 1:08.82, Bauer a 1:09.61 and junior Caleb Studt a 1:10.23. All of those times were personal records.
Meanwhile, on the girls side, Stow won the meet largely with team depth.
Sophomore Kelsey Wenk led off the 200 Medley relay in the backstroke and team veterans sophomore Jennie Heid, breaststroke, and Ainsley Wilbur, butterfly, built a slight lead for the last leg. It was up to sophomore Kelly Vantrease to bring it home as she anchored the relay and kept the lead to a .52 advantage for the win. That set the tone for the meet and Medina knew they were in for a long night.
"This was a great effort by the girl's team," Reese said. "Every swimmer made a contribution and the meet was decided on our quality finishes and outstanding turns."
Heid, Kelly Vantrease and Wenk took that momentum into their individual events.
Wenk won the 100 free with a 56.82 and Vantrease won the 500 free with a 5:43.49 dropping almost 10 seconds off her time for a new personal record. Heid took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.28.
Wenk again led off the 200 free relay followed by sophomore Tori McCauley and junior Lindsey Adkins. Heid then anchored the relay to a first place time of 1:46.66.
Wenk came right back in the 100 backstroke with a first place time of 1:06.38.
With the outcome in the balance, the 400 free relay team of McCauley, Adkins, Vanrease and senior captian Racheal Moretti needed a win. This was Moretti's first meet back after a knee injury.
The girls handed Moretti the lead in the race's final leg.
"I was so determined not to give it up," Morretti said. "I knew that the Medina girl was right next to me."
Moretti out touched Medina by .63 for the win with a time of 3:56.59.