It was smooth sailing for the Tallmadge boys swimming team Jan. 4 in a road meet at Suburban League American Conference rival Barberton.
The Blue Devils came away with an easy 131-26 victory.
"We knew going in we were going to win," Tallmadge head coach Ryan Miller said. "Barberton lost a lot of seniors to graduation last year. It was a really good opportunity for us to move guys around and swim some off events."
Five nights earlier, on Dec. 30, Tallmadge (4-3, 1-2) finished fifth at the Cloverleaf Stampede Invitational.
Against Barberton, Tallmadge sophomore Jarod Shumaker won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6 minutes, 14.4 seconds. His classmate, Cole Neupert, finished second (6:28.43).
Shumaker also finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.83. Nick Sabetta, another sophomore, won the event (25.23) and senior Keith Oyler placed second (25.69).
"Typically since his freshman year, Jarod has been one of our sprinters who has really continued to develop and he's starting to break through a little bit," Miller said. "He also performed exceptionally well in the 500 freestyle, swimming way faster than what we anticipated. He even shocked himself."
Sophomore Alex Krukemeyer won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:29.35. Sophomore Nate Jefferies was second (2:48.91) and freshman Andrew Nelson took third (2:56.47).
Krukemeyer joined juniors Ryan Riter and Kyle Wilbur and senior Justyn Rhine to win the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.33. He also joined Sabetta, Oyler and junior Josh Stevenor to win the 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 4:02.59.
"We kept Alex in events he usually swims just to get him a little more experience," Miller said. "He's one of those kids who is always striving for perfection and has a really big heart and it certainly shows in his results."
Sabetta won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.92 and Krukemeyer was runner-up (1:10.55).
Rhine won the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.91. Wilbur finished second (58.45) and Stevenor placed third (1:03.30).
Rhine also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.6. Oyler finished second (1:06).
In the 200 freestyle, Riter took top honors with a time of 2:03.06. Wilbur finished second (2:19.69).
Riter also won the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 1:11.43. Stevenor was second (1:24.91).
The team of Oyler, Nelson, Rhine and Wilbur won the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:00.03.
The Tallmadge girls team lost 114-51 to the Lady Magics.
"We knew they were really strong," Miller said.
Despite the defeat, the Lady Blue Devils (1-6, 0-3) had some fine performances.
Freshman Isabelle Davis finished second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:08.02.
"We were impressed with Isabelle," Miller said. "She also split a 28 in the freestyle portion of the 200 medley relay, which was a decent accomplishment."
Davis' classmate, Angelina Norris, finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 3:03.49.
"Angelina is a tough girl," Miller said. "The 200 IM is one of the hardest events and definitely not her favorite, but she continues to step up and swim events in which we're a little bit thin as far as depth. She always gives 100 percent."
Junior Melissa Sincel was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:36.85. Norris took third (1:48.47).
Sincel also placed third in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 7:34.94.
Sophomore Maddie Parry finished second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:24.70. She also placed third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.03.
Sophomore Katelynn Francisco finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:22.66.
At the Cloverleaf meet, the Tallmadge boys team scored 110 points. Avon finished first with 315 points, Akron Archbishop Hoban was second with 156 points and Chagrin Falls was third with 150 points.
"As a team, we're certainly swimming tired right now, but we did a little bit better than I thought we would," Miller said. "I was happy with our performance."
Rhine led the way with two runner-up finishes. She swam a time of 24.12 in the 50 freestyle and a time of 58.23 in the 100 butterfly. Sabetta took sixth (1:02.16) in the 100 butterfly.
"Justyn had a pretty solid meet," Miller said. "He was pretty disappointed, though, with his 100 butterfly performance because he was seeded first."
Riter finished fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:37.07. Krukemeyer placed 11th (5:59.25).
Riter also took sixth in the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 1:10.53.
"Ryan had two fairly good swims, sticking right where he left off before the holidays," Miller said. "I'm pretty excited to see how the second half of the season goes for him."
Riter, Rhine, Oyler and Sabetta led both the 200 medley relay to (1:51.22) and the 200 freestyle relay to fifth place (1:40).
Oyler finished eighth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.22 and 12th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.94.
Sabetta placed 11th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.9.
Krukemeyer was 10th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:29.72. He also joined Shumaker, Neupert and Stevenor to finish 12th in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:10.69.
On the girls' side, Sincel had a time of 2:48.6 in the 200 freestyle and freshman Alexis Davis clocked in at 1:30 in the 100 backstroke.
Both teams scheduled to compete at the Suburban League Championships at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium. The divers were set to participate Jan. 5 and the swimmers were scheduled to compete Jan. 7. Results were unavailable at press time.
They are set to host Suburban League American Conference rival Highland Jan. 11 and Mantua Crestwood Jan. 13 at University Park YMCA in Akron. Both meets are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.