Boys swimmers take third at sectionals

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Thirteen teams converged on the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium for the Division I sectional meet Feb. 4 to 6.

Hudson (555) won the meet followed by Brecksville-Broadview Heights (248), Stow-Monroe Falls (222), Cuyahoga Falls (221), Nordonia (200), Boardman (157), Firestone, Kent Roosevelt (139), Medina (134), Brunswick (121) and Twinsburg (76).

Stow coach Dan Reese was thrilled with his team's performance.

"We swam out of our minds," Reese said. "Each event and each swim built momentum throughout the boys meet, culminating with a great swim in the 400 free relay."

Stow placed several swimmers in the OHSAA District Championships at Cleveland State University.

Senior Jacob Earle had the strongest finish in an individual event, placing third in the 100 breaststroke. Earle is ranked as one of the top breaststrokers in Ohio and with a solid performance at districts he is hopeful to qualify for the state championship meet in Canton.

"Jacob Earl swam a smart race and had put himself in position to be in the top two at districts and earn a spot at the state championship meet," Reese said.

Earle also competed in the 200 individual medley (2:07.39) and finished in fifth place.

Senior Cameron Potter advanced to districts with a sixth place finish in the 50 freestyle (23.06) and an 11th place finish in the 100 freestyle (50.52).

In the 200 freestyle, junior Cody Vantrease (1:49.00) and junior Justin Faluotico (1:54.24) qualified for districts with a fifth and ninth place finish, respectively.

Vantrease, who has been battling a back injury all season, had a strong swim and is hoping to improve on that time at the district meet. Vantrease also finished sixth in the 100 freestyle (49.40) advancing to districts.

The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Shane Riddle, Earle, Vantrease and Potter finished in 8th in the place and qualified for districts with their best time of 1:46.75.

The 400 free relay team of Vantrease, Potter, Faluotico and Earle finished in 2nd place dropping seven seconds with a time of 3:21.83.

In the 200 freestyle senior Ethan Schur dropped almost five seconds finishing with a 2:05.90. Faluotico dropped three seconds finishing with a 1:54.24.

In the 200 individual medley, senior Alex Cremer dropped two and a half seconds finishing with a 2:20.72, junior Caleb Studt had a personal best time of 2:25.97 and freshman Travis Delker had a personal best time of 2:22.93.

Earning personal best times in the boys 50 free were sophomore Josh Pflug (26.42), junior Schuyler Morris (24.57), and Henry (23.54).

In the 100 butterfly, freshman Akiejan Gabbas (1:19.87), sophomore Corey Dyer (1:04.77), Willy Donahue (120.20) and sophomore Logan Burgess (1:10.60) all had personal best times.

Personal records continued to fall in the 100 Free. Henry (42.86), Morris (54.71).

In the 500 freestyle, freshman Isaac Lumley dropped almost nine seconds finishing with a (5:56.60), Faluotico dropped seven seconds (5:20.97), Delker nine seconds (5:23.30) and Riddle eight seconds (5:27.20).

In the 100 backstroke Studt and sophomore Max Bauer had personal best times of 1:06.74 and 1:06.90 respectively. Dyer and Riddle also recorded best times with (1:04.30) and (1:04.39).

Donahue (1:24.74), sophomore Wes Terill (1:21.60) and Cremer (1:07.20) all had personal records in the 100 breaststroke.

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