Staff report

The Hudson boys swimming and diving team placed third with 467 points at the 17-team Northeast Ohio Conference Meet, which concluded Jan. 5 at Cleveland State University's Busbey Natatorium.

Strongsville won the competition with 547 points and Mayfield placed second with 491 points.

"We are a little banged up with injuries to this point in the season, but the boys are giving it all they have," Explorers head coach Matt Davis said.

Ross Palazzo sure has.

He won the 200-yard individual medley with a meet-record time of 1 minute, 53.8 seconds. Palazzo broke the previous record of 1:57.97, which was set by Cuyahoga Falls' Andrew Appleby in 2012.

"His time gives him the fastest time by a boy in the state of Ohio this season," Davis said.

Palazzo also placed third in the 100 freestyle (47.84).

Ryan Hutcheson also had a stellar day with a second-place time of 4:48.08 in the 500 freestyle and a third-place clocking of 1:45.89 in the 200 freestyle.

"Senior captain Ryan Hutcheson has been on a mission all season and had two really great swims," Davis said. "He has his sights set on breaking the school record in the 500 free held by Hudson great Scott Claypool. I think he is on track to take it down at the end of the season."

Peyton Brown added a third in the 100 breaststroke and a fourth in the 200 IM (2:05.02).

"Peyton Brown stepped up," Davis said.

Also winning was diver Alex Obendorf, who easily took first with 467.85 points.

The following Hudson relay teams placed in the top five:

200 medley relay: Doni Moffa, Palazzo, Hutcheson and Cole Clampffer, third, 1:39.87

200 freestyle relay: Brown, Moffa, Ryan Johnson and Gabriel Casimiro, fifth, 1:35.01

400 freestyle relay: Palazzo, Clampffer, Brown and Hutcheson, third, 3:16.05

"I know our team is still improving and when it is time to shave and taper in February, I think the boys will be near the top of the team district standings," Davis said.

Hudson is scheduled to host NOC Valley Division rival Mentor Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

The Explorers are set to compete at the Northeast Classic Jan. 12. The preliminaries are scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.

The finals are set to take place at 6 p.m. at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.


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