Marissa Bowers was a double winner last Saturday despite the Cuyahoga Falls swimming and diving team falling at Suburban League National Conference rival Hudson 132-53.
A senior, Bowers won the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 44.29 seconds and the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:13.76.
Other winners for Cuyahoga Falls were senior Katie Rozsa in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:23.55 and freshman Lucy Ulbricht in the 1-meter diving with a score of 133.79.
Rozsa finished third (29.63) in the 50 freestyle and senior Lily Lewis placed third (5:18.11) in the 400 freestyle.
Bowers, Rozsa, Lewis and junior Anna Johnston teamed to take third in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:19.96.
Lewis, Ulbricht, senior Clara Johnson and junior Emily Ulbricht, Lucy’s sister, combined to place third in the 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 5:22.02.
"The girls are beginning to fine-tune their races," said Cuyahoga Falls head coach Laura Lindsay. "I think the majority of them are finally getting their endurance back. We, as coaches, are able to watch their events and critique what we think they need to do to perfect them."
Last Friday, the Black Tigers had opened their season with a 139-45 loss at National Conference rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
"The girls were still able to set a few personal bests," said Lindsay.
Rozsa finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:13.74 and third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.11.
Bowers placed third in the 100 freestyle (59.42) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.82), while Lewis was third in the 200 freestyle (2:15.35) and the 500 freestyle (6:07.84).
Johnston finished third in the 50 freestyle with a clocking of 28.83.
The Black Tiger boys lost 136-45 to Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
"Even though we lost, it was a great first meet," Lindsay said. "We got a few kinks out of the way and quite a few jitters as well."
Senior Jay Newell won the 1-meter diving with a score of 184.85.
"Despite some caution on the board, Jay was able to conquer his opponents by almost 30 points," said the coach.
Senior Tyler Ulbricht, Lucy and Emily’s brother, finished second in the 500 freestyle (5:37.72) and the 200 freestyle (1:59.45).
"Tyler’s performance impressed me but didn’t surprise me," said Lindsay. "He’s been training so hard and has been so driven."
Junior Skyler Holmes placed third in the 50 freestyle (24.14) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.53).
Finishing third (1:00.15) in the 100 butterfly was senior Jack Kramer.
The Cuyahoga Falls boys fell 131-52 to Hudson.
Ulbricht won the 400 freestyle with a time of 4:49.30. Newell won the 1-meter diving with a score of 187.20.
Kramer was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (1:07.64) and the 50 freestyle (27.14), while Holmes was second (1:00.43) in the 100 freestyle.
"Jack showed a bit of stamina in the 50," said Lindsay. "He’s learning how to inch up on his opponent and truly race."
Holmes, Kramer, Ulbricht and Dylan Holmes, Skyler’s brother, teamed to finish second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.11.
Dylan Holmes finished third (1:18.04) in the 100 backstroke and Skyler Holmes was third (1:22.54) in the 100 breaststroke.
"Skyler has really stepped up to fill our empty breaststroke event," said Lindsay. "He has a very graceful stroke and he’s been picking up the event very well."
Sophomore Jackson Gallagher placed third in the 200 IM with a clocking of 3:02.17.
Gallagher, senior Bobby Read and sophomores Henry Cebula and Jared Weckerly combined to place third (5:05.14) in the 400 freestyle relay.
Both the boys and girls teams are scheduled to host National Conference rival Twinsburg Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.
The Black Tigers’ swimmers are set to take part in the Ned Reeb Meet next Friday and Saturday at Ohio State University.
Falls’ divers are scheduled to compete in the Viking Meet Friday at Cleveland State University.