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The Stow-Munroe Falls swimming and diving teams got off to a great start Dec. 2, as both girls and boys teams overwhelmed Wadsworth in a Suburban League meet.
"It was a great way to start the season. We came into the meet very prepared with lots of hard work expended," said Stow coach Dan Reese. "Race after race, our swimmers stepped up with a lot of personal bests, a rare thing for us to see at the start of the season. This was a great sign for things to come."
Leading in the girls' 111-75 win were junior Amy Vober and sophomore Kayla Engle.
Vober finished first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.7) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.35), which was a 4.45-second improvement for her.
"My pre-season workouts are definitely paying off," said Vober
Engle placed first in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:29.98) and the 100 breast (1:13.79).
The Bulldog girls triumphed in all relays events. Winning the 200-yard medley rely were Samantha Houk, Engle, Vober and Samantha Huddleston (1:57.20). The 200 free relay was captured by Huddleston Engle, Vober and Lizzie Cole.
Finishing first in the 400 free relay were Kaleigh Dye, Mary Pontius, Cole and Houk.
Diver Amanda Kimble scored a 182 for the win, with Gabby Odak taking second with a 176.
The Bulldog boys' 114-72 finish win Wadsworth was led by junior Cory Cramer and sophomore Alex Schoenberg.
Cremer captured firsts in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.82) and the 500 free (5:15.24).
"This meet was fun. I scored a personal best in the IM with a 13-second drop," said Cremer,
Schoenberg placed first in the 200-yard free with a four-second drop (1:57.97).
Winning the 200-free relay was the quartet of Schoenberg, Matthew Johnson-Smyth, Simon Lumley and Cremer (1:35.87).
Also contributing to the win were divers Isaiah Rahe, Tyler Shrout and Evan Barr, finishing second, fourth and fifth, respectively.
In their Dec. 3 visit to Hudson, the Bulldogs were overcome by the Explorers, who remain on of the top teams in the state.
Hudson girls won 105-67, the Explorer boys took the win, 109-77.
Taking first place for the girls in the 50-meter pool at East Woods Elementary were Vober in the 100 fly (1:16.85), Huddleston in the 100 free (1:05.34) and Engle in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.21).
Scoring firsts for the Bulldog boys were Jason Walsh in 100 fly (1:07.56) and Cremer in the 400 free (4:32.20). Winning the 400 free relay were Cremer, Walsh, Johnson-Smyth and Schoenberg in 4:02.69.
On December 9, the Bulldogs was set to host conference member Nordonia, followed by a Dec. 10 trip to Bowling Green State University for the Northwest Classic. Results of these meets were not available at press time.
Up next, Stow will travel to Twinsburg Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. for its final dual meet of 2016.