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Maplewood Gators win sixth championship in seven years

Published: August 7, 2016 12:00 AM
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Staff report

The Maplewood Gators swimming team finished 7-0 this summer.

The Gators also won the Akron Metropolitan Swim Association championship meet, which recently took place at The University of Akron.

Seventy-five Gator swimmers competed in the championship meet against swimmers from seven other teams.

Maplewood won 18 individual events and two relay events.

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The Gators won the trophy by more than 200 points over runner-up Fairlawn Swim and Tennis Club.

Teams from Hudson Park Estates and LifeCenter Plus finished in third and fourth place, respectively.

Leading the way for the Gators were Giovanna Cappabianca and Luke Novak, both winning all three of their individual events in the 13-and-14 age group.

Cappabianca set AMSA championship records in the 50-yard backstroke (26.9 seconds), the 50 breaststroke (31.46) and the 100 individual medley (59.29). Cappabianca and Novak also combined with Justin Dyer and Rachel Lumley to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Dyer took first place in both of his individual events, the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

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Other multiple winners in the younger age groups for the Gators were Caden Boyd and Graceyn James-Towns. Boyd took first in the age 8-and-younger butterfly and 7-8 freestyle, while James-Towns captured gold medals in the age 6-and-younger freestyle and backstroke.

Isaac Lumley (15-18), Vittorio Cappabianca (11-12) and Mia Nagle (11-12) each took two firsts and a second in individual events. Nagle and Vittorio Cappabianca also combined with Noah Novak and Casey Johnson-Bowers to take the gold medal in the 200 medley relay.

The following swimmers won medals by placing in the top three in one or more individual events:

/ 6 and younger: James-Towns and Esme Laplant

/ 7-8: Caden Boyd, Jonah Hickin and Christian Michalak

/ 9-10: Ellie Forrest, Victor Valdez, Luke Nagle and Carson Boyd

/ 11-12: Mia Nagle, Vittorio Cappabianca, Noah Novak and Jack Morgan

/ 13-14: Giovanna Cappabianca, Evie Lewis, Luke Novak and Justin Dyer

/ 15-18: Amy Vober, Isaac Lumley, Michael Heller and Simon Lumley

Gators who placed in the top 16 in individual events were the following:

/ 7-8: Rebecca Carter, Violet Shall, Elli Serafimov and Joshua Carter

/ 9-10: Ella Embry, Allison Morgan, Raechel Serafimov, Lorelei Vizmeg, Daniel Altomare, Zach Schimpf, Devin Hawthorne, Cohen Colson, Nathan Edwardson, Tommy Peeler, Michael Moran and Will Marzec

/ 11-12: Casey Johnson-Bowers, Lily Obert, Annalia Dye, Mackenzie Crowe, Josie Bilyk, Jacob Hickin, Michael Butts, Reece Hricik, Ethan Fast and Calvin Edwardson

/ 13-14: Mia Iverson, Elysia Gabbas, Molly O'Brien, Riley Hricik, Hannah Fiume, Austin Butts, Ben Urban, Braden Cowger and Evan Cihlar

/ 15-18: Paige Coleman, Lorna Vizmeg, Alex Schoenberg, Ben Johnson-Bowers, Christian Studt and Noah Schustrich

This season marks the sixth time in the last seven years in which the Gators have won the AMSA Championship trophy. The team's dual meet record over that time span is a combined 48-1.

Most team members are from Stow, but some swimmers are from nearby communities.

The team practices and hosts home meets at Maplewood Pool on Maplepark Drive, just off of Fishcreek Road.

A total of 115 swimmers, ranging in age from 5 to 18, competed for the team this season.

The Gators were coached by Rich Einsporn, Alyssa Heller, Maria Doty, Wes Terrill, Corey Dyer and Libby Einsporn.

Swimmers of all skill and experience levels are welcome to join the team next summer. Visit maplewoodpool.com for information about the swim team.

The team will be sponsoring a fundraiser for Easter Seals.

Participants can bring donations of clothing, shoes, purses, blankets and books (no electronics, appliances or magazines) to the pool from Aug. 19 through 21.

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