The Suburban League is one of Northeast Ohio's most competitive leagues, including in swimming.

The Nordonia boys and girls swimming teams competed in the Suburban League Meet recently, and both the Knights and Lady Knights met with stiff resistance. The meet took place Jan. 7 at the University of Akron.

The Knights finished eighth in the National Division with a total of 145 points. Hudson placed first with 468 points. The Lady Knights, meanwhile, were seventh with 161 points. Hudson was first for the girls, as well, producing 560 points.

In terms of the overall standings, the Nordonia boys finished 13th out of the 15 teams. The Nordonia girls, on the other hand, were 10th out of 15 squads.

Junior Christine McFarland led the way for Nordonia at the Suburban League Meet, excelling in a number of different events.

McFarland claimed league titles in two individual events. She won the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.68 seconds, and she also captured the 100 backstroke with an effort of 58.99 seconds.

In addition, McFarland was a member of Nordonia's 400 freestyle relay unit, which finished in third place with a time of 4:00.08. The other members of that squad were juniors Stephanie Schueren, Carmen Licht, and Amanda Westbrooks.

McFarland was also a member of the Lady Knights' 200 medley relay team, which placed fourth with an effort of 1:59.24. That contingent also consisted of senior Claudia Gillota, Westbrooks, and Licht.

Spearheading the boys' effort was junior Jared Toaz, who placed in the top five in a pair of individual events. Toaz finished third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.12, and he was also fifth in the 500 freestyle by clocking an effort of 5:01.53.

Like McFarland, Toaz was part of two relay teams that finished in the top 10. One of them was the 400 freestyle unit, which placed fifth (3:40.85). In addition to Toaz, the other members of that contingent were sophomore Dominic Dasher, junior Jared Schneider, and junior Matt Crawford.

The boys 200 medley relay squad placed sixth with a time of 1:50.05. That quartet consisted of Toaz, sophomore Tommy Tomkovicz, Dasher, and Schneider.

Nordonia also enjoyed a measure of success in the 1-meter diving events. Sophomore Grace Coghill finished seventh in the event, compiling 285.75 points in the process. Senior Thomas Koperna was also seventh in one-meter diving, racking up 212.60 points.

Dasher experienced success in two individual events. He finished eighth in the backstroke with a time of 1:02.46, and he was also 10th in the 100 freestyle with an effort of 53.38.

On Jan. 13, Nordonia will host division foe North Royalton at the Macedonia Recreation Center at 6 p.m. On Jan. 14, the Knights and Lady Knights are scheduled to compete at the NE Classic at the University of Akron.


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