By virtue of his performance at the Division I sectional meet Feb. 15, Nordonia junior Stephen Romanik became the first district swimming and diving champion in school history.

Romanik won the gold medal in the one-meter diving competition at Cleveland State University's Busby Natatorium with a score of 496.85.

However, that's just the start of the good news. Romanik will now compete at the Division I state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The Division I boys diving competition will begin at 9 a.m.

His performance was one of many positives for Nordonia at districts.

Although Romanik was the only athlete to advance to the state meet, some of his teammates posted personal-best and/or season-best efforts.

For example, the boys' medley relay team produced a season-best time of 1:48.45. The members of that unit were senior Cory Krusinski, junior John Edwards, sophomore Patrick Rinehardt and senior Liam VanBuskirk.

"Those boys were tapered for last week, and it was nice to see that they were still fast," said Nordonia head coach Claudio Costanzo.

In addition, the girls' 400 freestyle relay squad recorded its fastest time of the season (3:50.47). That team consisted of senior Emma Toaz, senior Jill Grell, sophomore Soraya Sadegi and sophomore Jenna Dasher.

Toaz also broke schools records in two individual events. Those events were the 200 individual medley (2:20.99) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.25).

"It was nice to see Emma finish her high school years on a positive note," said Costanzo.

Also setting a new school record in an individual event was Dasher in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.74.

"We were hoping to see that time below a minute, but it just didn't happen this year," said Costanzo.

On the boys' side, senior Zach Zuercher also set two new school records in individual events. Those events were the 200 freestyle (1:47.56) and the 100 freestyle (46.58).

Two other Knights produced personal-best efforts in individual events. They were sophomore Andrew Grell and senior Phil Rinehardt.

Grell accomplished the feat in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.04, while Rinehardt did the same in the 100 fly with a time of 57.35.

"[Sophomore] Jarod Riedel had an off-day," said Costanzo. "He was sick all week, but he still turned in some decent performances."

Riedel posted times of 22.60 in the 50 freestyle and 49.76 in the 100 freestyle.

Costanzo praised the Knights and Lady Knights for their overall performance at the district meet.

"We had hoped to see some of the kids make it to the next level, but the big swims were just not there," he said.


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