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Last weekend proved profitable for the Stow-Munroe Falls boys and girls swim teams.
The Bulldogs triumphed in a Dec. 9 conference meet against Nordonia and scored well at the Northwest Classic Dec. 10 at Bowling Green State University.
"We were tired but stepped up and swam very well," said Stow coach Dan Reese.
The Bulldog boys outscored Nordonia 119-67, while the girls defeated the Knights 110-76.
Taking double wins for the boys were junior Cory Cremer in 200-yard freestyle (1:55.91) and 100-yard free (53.34), and sophomore Alex Schoenberg in both 50 free (23.46) and 100-yard backstroke (1:03.78).
Also taking firsts in their races were junior Simon Lumley in the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.82) and freshman Kyle Banner in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.13).
In relay events, the boys scored top spots in the 200-yard medley relay (Cremer, Lumley, Jason Walsh, Schoenberg) and the 200-yard freestyle (Schoenberg, Matt Johnson-Smyth, Lumley, Cremer).
Top place finishes for the girls' squad included sophomore Kayla Engle's 200-yard individual medley (2:30.40), junior Amy Vober's 50 free (26.58), junior Sam Huddleston's 100 free (58.31), senior Lizzie Cole's 500 free (6:06:88) and senior Sam Houk's 100 back (1:07.97).
Rounding out the firsts was senior Amy Kimble's one-meter diving effort with a score of 199.05.
Capturing top prize in relay events were the quartets of Houk, Engle Vober and Huddleston in the 200 medley (1:58.87); and Huddleston, Engle, Cole and Vober in the 200 free (1:49.77).
Reese was impressed with the team's strong performance the following day in Bowling Green.
"The Northwest Classic was our focus," Reese said. "We had more swimmers qualify for finals this time than we've had in the past five years of competition."
The girls finished seventh out of a field of 35 teams while the boys placed 11th of 27.
Huddleston finished second in the 50-yard free (25.64) and eighth in the 100 free (56.97). Vober placed sixth in both the 100 free (56.83) and 50 free (26.27). Taking sixth in the 200 free relay was the quartet of Huddleston, Vober, Cole and Kayla Engle (1:47.01).
"This was a good meet all around for everyone. We had a lot of personal bests for this time in the season," said Huddleston.
Other team members qualifying for finals included Engle in 100 breaststroke and 200 IM; Houk in 100 back, Cole, Dye and Mary Pontius in 500 free; Elysia Gabbas, 100 butterfly; and Cole in 200 free.
Also competing in finals were the Bulldog's 200 medley relay (Houk, Engle, Vober and Huddleston) and the 400 free relay (Cole, Pontius, Dye, and Houk).
"Everyone has put in a lot of work," Dye said. "November is hard, with practice after practice. This weekend, it paid off. I'm where I want to be."
The boys squad saw many of its members qualify for finals.
"Saturday was a very long day," said Cremer. "In preliminaries, my 500-yard free wasn't that bright, although I qualified for finals. In the final heat, I placed third with a personal best 4:57.15 and was ecstatic when I saw the scoreboard."
Scoring ninth in the 200 free relay were Schoenberg, Lumley, Johnson-Smyth and Cremer (1:35.38). Ninth in the 200 medley relay were Cremer, Lumley, Walsh and Schoenberg (1:47.68).
Other team members swimming in the Classic's finals were Justin Dyer and Walsh in 100 fly; Caleb Myers, 500 free; Keven Houk and Justin Sparr, 100 back; Lumley in 100 breaststroke and 50 free; Schoenberg, both 100 and 50 free; and Cremer, 200 free.
"I had two personal bests, in the 500 free and the 200 IM--and qualified for finals in both," Myers said.
Also advancing to finals was the 400 relay crew of Johnson-Smyth, Walsh, Banner and Sparr.
Stow swimming is done for 2016. The Bulldogs will next compete at the Suburban League Meet in January. The diving portion of the meet will be Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. at Twinsburg. The swimming events will take place Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.