Results were mixed in the December 14 Suburban Conference swim meet against Twinsburg.

While the Bulldog boys were victorious in a 107-79 win against the visiting Tigers, the girls team lost to its competitor, 88-98.

"All in all, the both the boys and girls continued to swim fast times. On the girls' side, we just ran out of athletes due to sickness," said Stow coach Dan Reese,

"It was a tough meet, being down by so many girls, but I think everyone did a great job and gave it all they had," said Stow junior Amy Vober.

"I think that we fought hard and everyone really stepped up and swam their best, even though we were missing a few people," said Stow senior Sam Houk. "I was happy, personally, because I went my best time in 200 IM and dropped time in my backstroke too."

Vober and Houk, along with sophomore Kayle Engle and junior Sam Huddleston won the 200-yard medley relay. Winning the 200 freestyle relay was the quartet of Huddleston, Engle, Vober and senior Lizzie Cole (1:49.30).

Engle and Houk placed first and second, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley. Engle won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.17) and Houk was first in the 100 backstroke (1:05.83). Vober was first in the 50 free (26.94)

Also scoring well for Stow were sophomore senior Lizzie Cole (second) Mary Pontius (fourth) in the 200 free. Cole also came in second in the 500 free. Senior Hannah Riddle was fourth in the 50 free and the 200 free.

In the boys' competition, junior Cory Cremer clocked a 52.21 for a first in the 100-yard free and finished first in the 200 free (1:50.84).

Junior Simon Lumley won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.98) and freshman Kyle Banner was first in 200-yard IM. Lumley finished second in 100-yard butterfly (1:00.99).

Junior Jason Walsh placed third the 200 free (1:59.94) and the 100 fly (1:00.41).

"It felt great that I broke 2 minutes in the 200 free," Walsh said.

Other strong finishes included Matt Johnson-Smyth's third in both the 50 and 100 free, sophomore Alex Schoenberg's second in the 50 free, senior Kevin Houk's second and senior Justin Sparr's third in the 200 IM.

Isaiah Rahe finished second in one-meter diving.

Also scoring were freshmen Caleb Myers, third in 100 breaststroke, and Will Boggs, third in the 500 free.

Stow claimed firsts in both the 200 free relay (Cremer, Johnson-Smyth, Lumley, Schoenberg) and the 400 free relay (Schoenberg, Cremer, Walsh, Johnson-Smyth).

The girls conference record stands at 2-2, and the boys team, 3-1.

Stow will next see action at the Suburban League Championship meet in January. The diving portion of the meet will be Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. at Twinsburg, while the swimming portion will take place Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.


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