Hudson residents fare well for Tigersharks

The Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront YMCA Tigersharks beat six other swim teams from throughout the region to capture the 2013 Northeast Ohio YMCA Division 2 Champion title.

After a tough dual-meet loss to the Ridgewood YMCA swim team in North Royalton earlier in the season, the Tigersharks outscored the second-place Dolphins 3,275.5 to 2,949.5 to win the division championship Feb. 2 at the University of Akron Ocasek Natatorium.

Maggie Haas of Hudson had a pair of personal records in the age 13-and-14 girls 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 4.63 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:04.39) to win both races. Fellow Hudson resident Brittan Ham also had impressive performances, capturing first in the 13-14 girls 200 individual medley by dropping 8.44 seconds for a time of 2:31.02. Ham also had a personal best in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.02) to win the event.

Carrie Caniglia of Hudson swam personal-record times in the 25 butterfly (16.26) and 50 freestyle (31.68) to finish first among 8-and-younger girls in both events.

Jordan Ito of Hudson finished first in the 8-and-younger boys 25 freestyle with a personal-best time of 17.19 second

The team now is preparing to defend its Northeast Ohio YMCA League Champion title on March 2 at Cleveland State University.

For more information about the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront YMCA Tigersharks, visit

Dawson to attend

Naval Academy Prep

Western Reserve Academy senior Eli Dawson signed a commitment to attend the Naval Academy Prep School for one year before enrolling at the United States Naval Academy in the fall of 2014 to play football.

Dawson, a wide receiver and linebacker for the Pioneers, had 75 tackles (seven for a loss) and six sacks. On offense, he finished with 22 receptions for 210 yards.

Under fifth-year coach Ken Niumatalolo, the Midshipmen finished the 2012 season with a record of 8-5, won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and earned a spot in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Three coaches hired

According to Hudson athletic director Ray Ebersole, the Hudson Board of Education recently approved the hirings of three coaches.

Joya Mitchell was approved to become the head girls lacrosse coach. Mitchell spent 11 years as the Lady Explorers' head coach before resigning after the 2010 season for family reasons.

Former Hudson standout center fielder Beth Cinadr, who led the Lady Explorers to the Division I state title, was approved to become the team's head softball coach.

Mike Schmidt, an assistant coach with the Hudson swimming and diving teams, was approved to become the head girls track and field coach.

Moeglin joins Miami

Hudson senior distance runner Vince Moeglin signed a national letter of intent Feb. 6 to continue his academic, cross country and track and field careers at Miami University in Oxford.

Moeglin placed 14th at the 2012 Division I state cross country meet.

Brown signs

Hudson senior Cassidy Brown, a senior at Walsh Jesuit, signed his national letter of intent Feb. 6 to continue his academic and baseball careers at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.