Stow-Munroe Falls' junior Cory Cremer's tapering regimen proved decidedly successful.
At the Northeast Ohio district meet Feb. 18 at Cleveland State University's Busbey Natatorium, he claimed a berth at the Division I state meet, which was scheduled to take place Feb. 24 and 25 at Canton McKinley High School's C.T. Branin Natatorium. Results were not available at press time.
Cremer advanced with a fourth-place time of 1 minute, 44.47 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle race.
"Cory was seeded 13th in the second of three heats," Bulldogs head coach Dan Reese said. "He won his heat and was bested by only three swimmers in the top heat."
Cremer was just. 27 off the school record.
"When I finished, I thought I had broken the record," Cremer said. "I will have another chance at the state meet."
Cremer's 500 freestyle time also garnered a fourth place and earned him another lifetime best with a time of 4:48.96.
"That swim was a personal best, but I knew I had to swim it faster," Cremer said. "Off the dive, one goggle filled up with water and became a distraction."
Cremer claimed a personal best in his backstroke lead-off leg of the 200 medley relay with a 26.1 split.
"That race foreshadowed a great meet to come for Cory and some of the best lifetime swims for the rest of the team," Reese said.
Stow finished in a tie for 17th place out of 30 teams with 44 points.
Simon Lumley followed with a lifetime-best breaststroke time of 29 seconds. Alex Schoenberg's butterfly was a personal-best 24.53 and anchor Matt Johnson-Smyth finished with a 23.4, totaling 1:43.03 for a three-second drop. The quartet placed 13th overall.
The boys 200 freestyle relay team of Schoenberg, Johnson-Smyth, Lumley and Cremer took 14th (1:31.86), a two-second drop from the sectional meet.
"They swam at or near their best times in that event," Reese said. "They came together strong and supported each other."
Another district finish from the boys was junior Jason Walsh, who placed 28th in the 500 freestyle in 5:12.3.
"Jason had a great swim for his first time at districts," Reese said.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was junior Amy Vober, who took ninth (24.75) in the 50 freestyle and 11th (personal-best 54.65) in the 100 freestyle.
"Amy just missed the podium in the 50 free but gave a strong effort with her best finish at a district meet," Reese said.
Among those scoring from the girls' roster were seniors Samantha Houk and Lizzie Cole, junior Samantha Huddleston and sophomore Kayla Engle.
Huddleston tied for a 16th-place finish with a time of 25.4 seconds in the 50 freestyle. Houk claimed 26th in the 100 backstroke with a lifetime best 1:03.09. Cole finished 26th (2:05.47) in the 200 freestyle and 21st (5:31.88) in the 500 freestyle.
"Lizzie's 500 was ten seconds faster than her sectional time and she dropped two seconds off her 200 free time," Reese said.
Engle clocked a 1:10.63 for 24th in the 100 breaststroke and was 39th (2:24.38) in the 200 individual medley.
"As a sophomore, Kayla qualified in two events and was one of the last to qualify for the district 200 IM," Reese said. "She showed up and held her own with an impressive time."
Taking 12th place (1:54.1) in the 200 medley relay was the quartet of Houk, Engle, Vober and Huddleston (1:54.1). The foursome of Vober, Engle, Cole and Huddleston finished 13th (1:43.12) in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Lady Bulldogs finished tied for 17th out of 30 teams with 35 points.