The most opportune time to be performing at peak level is during the postseason. That pertains to every scholastic sport, and that includes swimming and diving.

Junior Christine McFarland is certainly performing at that level for the Nordonia High School swimming team, and her performance has earned her a trip to this year's state meet.

Joining McFarland at states will be teammate and fellow junior Jared Toaz.

McFarland, Toaz, and a number of other Knights and Lady Knights recently competed at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I district meet. That meet took place Feb. 18 at Cleveland State University.

McFarland qualified for the state meet in two individual events, and she also set new school records in both events. McFarland captured a district title in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.99 seconds. She also finished second in the 100 fly with an effort of 57.02 second.

Toaz, meanwhile, finished sixth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:55.29, punching his ticket to the state meet in that event. Toaz's time in the 200 individual medley was also a school record.

Toaz nearly qualified for the state meet in two individual events. That's because he finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, setting a new school record in the process with a time of 59.52. However, he came up just short of qualifying for states in that event.

Toaz and McFarland will each head to the state meet for the second time.

According to Nordonia head coach Claudio Costanzo, other athletes put forth solid performances at the district meet, as well.

"We also had some other great swims," he said.

Contributing one of those great swims was sophomore Timmy Tomkovicz, who set a new school record in the 100 backstroke. He posted a time of 56.71 in the process.

The girls medley relay team consisting of McFarland, sophomore Taylor Coppedge, junior Amanda Westbrooks, and junior Carmen Licht posted a time of 1:55.57. That was half a second away from setting a new school record.

In addition, the boys 400 medley relay squad was also half a second away from setting a new school standard. That unit, which contained Toaz, junior Jared Schneider, Tomkovicz, and sophomore Dominic Dasher, produced a time of 3:23.74.

The girls 400 freestyle relay contingent finished with an effort of 3:49.72. During that race, McFarland broke the school record in the 100 freestyle with a lead split time of 53.41.

The boys medley relay team finished with an effort of 1:43.10. The members of that contingent were Tomkovicz, Toaz, Schneider, and Dasher.

The Division I state swimming and diving meet will be this coming weekend at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Preliminaries for the Division I swimming meet will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 24. Finals will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 25.


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