The Stow-Monroe Falls Boys Swim and Dive team competed in the Northeast Ohio Conference Championships at CT Busby Natatorium at Cleveland State University Jan. 5.
Team members competed in prelims in the morning and finals in the evening looking to place high in the River Division. Individual and relay places are based on the championship finals and consolation finals with all 17 of the NOC teams represented.
The Stow boys team finished third in the River Division with 399 points, behind North Royalton (439.5 points) and rival Cuyahoga Falls (403.5). Strongsville won the meet with 547 points.
North Royalton won the boys division with 439.5 points while Cuyahoga Falls (403.5) edged Stow (399) for second.
On the girls side, Stow finished in fourth place in the River Division behind Brunswick (416), Cuyahoga Falls and North Royalton (who tied for second with 342)
"This was an exciting meet to be at," Bulldogs coach Dan Reese said. "The NOC championship meet is one of the premier meets in the state of Ohio and our team showed that we belong with the big boys."
Senior Jacob Earle had an amazing day.
Earle had a championship performance in the 100 breaststroke, out touching Solon by 3 tenths of a second to capture the NOC title.
Earle set a new school record with a time of 1:00.59. He also took fifth place in the 100 individual medley with a 2:05.59.
"I went into the finals for the 100 breast seeded third," Earle said. "I was ready to give it my all. I never though I would be able to drop 3 sec and get the record. My coaches prepared me to do my best and that's what I did. I would not have been able to do it without my team and coaches behind me."
"Jacob really had a great meet," Reese said. "His swim energized our entire swim team and proved to everyone that putting in the hard work does pay off. To break a school record this early in the season is exciting and I cant wait to see we were are by the end of the season."
Also finishing in the championship finals in his events was junior Cody Vantrease.
Vantrease has been battling a back injury all season, but was able to earn a fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:49.09) and a 10th place finish in the 100 freestyle (49.55).
Senior Cameron Potter finished third in the consol9tion finals in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.79 and seventh place in the 100 freestyle with a 52.48
Senior Will Sheppard finished 15th in one-meter diving with a score of 229.40 points.
Stow's 200 freestyle relay team of Potter, junior Curtis Henry, Earle and Vantrease finished fourth with at time of 1:34.44.
The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Shane Riddle, Earle, Vantrease and Potter finished sixth place with a time of 1:46.90.
The Bulldogs 400 freestyle relay team of Henry, senior Ethan Schur, freshman Travis Delker and sophomore Schuyler Morris in 12th place with a time of 2:29.40.
"Our women swam terrific; we stepped up and made finals in every single event," Reese said. "Overall we had great swims from top to bottom. Right from the beginning, we had personal best swims and the momentum just grew from there."
Sophomore Kelsey Wenk lead Stow with two finishes in the championship finals. Wenk finished sixth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.01 and 10th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.20.
"Swimming at NOC was a blast," Wenk said. "I am happy with how I did in prelims and finals. The NOC meet was also a great opportunity for everyone. On top of having fun we really pulled together as a team and had some amazing swims."
Junior Jenni Heid also had a top 10 finish with a seventh place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.18. Heid finished fifth in the consolation finals and 15th overall in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26:56.
"The NOC's is always a good meet for me, but this year I really just felt the energy on the pool deck and went with it," Heid said. "I swam my best times and could not be happier with where I placed in the rankings into finals and in the end."
Junior Ainsley Wilbur, junior Maddie Dyer and sophomore Kelly Vantrease each qualified for the consolation finals in their two individual events.
Wilbur earned 15th overall in the 200 IM and 20th overall, with a time of 1:08.15 in the 100 butterfly.
Dyer finished fifth in the consolation finals and 15th overall on both of her events. Dyer went a 5:43.30 in the 500 freestyle and 1:06.92 in the 100 butterfly.
Kelly Vantrease took 13th overall in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:39.92 and 16th overall, in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:07.30.
Junior Lindsey Adkins, junior Tori McCauley and freshman Gretchen Evan each earned a spot in the consolation finals. Lindsey finished 7th, 17th overall, with a time of 58.85 in the 100 freestyle and McCauley finished 18th overall with a time of 59.05.
All three relay teams finished in the top ten.
The 200 Medley relay team of Wenk, Wilbur, Dyer and Heid finished sixth with a time of 1:59.89.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Heid, Adkins, Vantrease and McCauley finished ninth with a time of 1:48.13.
The 400 freestyle relay team of McCauley, Vantrease, Adkins and Wenk also finish ninth with a time of 3:57.70.