They were missing 10 of their top swimmers due to a very important obligation.
They also were missing several other athletes due to illness.
But Nordonia head boys and girls swimming and diving coach Claudio Costanzo said it best when it comes to the Explorers and Lady Explorers.
"They're a powerhouse," Costanzo said.
Both Hudson teams improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Suburban League National Conference after posting convincing victories over Nordonia Thursday at East Woods Elementary School's Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium in Hudson.
The girls cruised to a 124-59 win and the boys posted a 122-62 win.
What made Hudson's wins even more impressive was that both teams were missing several talented athletes.
Team members Paige McCormick, Maddie Hannan, Mackenzie DeWitt, Giovanna Cappabianca, Jay Johnson, Jacob Tuckerman, Caleb Tuckerman and Liam Clarke did not attend the meet because they competed at the Junior Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn. Head coach Matt Davis also was in Knoxville.
"It was fun trying to figure out the lineup," Hudson assistant coach Adam Crabtree said jokingly. "With our top-end kids at Junior Nationals, other kids stepped up. The freshmen are working really hard to make stroke corrections. Our goal is for them to eventually make it to the district meet."
The highlight of the meet was junior Caleb Cosentino's performance in the 400-meter freestyle.
He won the race by more than 12 seconds with a time of 4 minutes, 28.47 seconds.
Cosentino broke his personal record by more than 16 seconds.
"We needed Caleb to be more aggressive," Crabtree said. "He swam faster than he is used to. It paid off for him."
Cosentino added a win in the 200 individual medley (2:22.99).
Crabtree also was pleased to see senior captain Kirsten O'Keefe win the 200 freestyle in 2:16.29 and the 100 freestyle in 2:16.29. Teammate Sydney Gallagher, a freshman, placed second in 2:35.8 in the 200 freestyle.
"Kirsten had a lifetime best by two seconds in the 100 free," Crabtree said. "She had a lifetime best of six seconds in the 200 free. That was a really good surprise."
Crabtree also was pleased with the performance of senior Ines Roessler, who took third in the 100 backstroke. She set a personal record by six seconds.
The most competitive race was the boys 200 freestyle. Nordonia senior Jared Toaz edged out Hudson senior Dylan Ruscin by a nose. Toaz took first in 2:04.36 and Ruscin placed second in 2:04.56.
Ruscin rebounded with a win in the 100 freestyle (56.51).
The following Hudson relays won and the following individuals placed in the top three:
• 200 medley relay: Gabrielle Loring, Taylor Kochanowski, Katie Caniglia and Noelle Kara, first, 2:11.66
• 200 IM: Loring, second, 2:33.44; and Elizabeth Mitalski, third, 2:57.43
• 50 freestyle: Kara, first, 28.74; and Roessler, third, 32.18
• Diving: Megan Sullivan, second, 141 points; and Ruby Corpus, third, 112.2
• 100 butterfly: Caniglia, second, 1:15.01; and Emma Fisher, third, 1:20.29
• 100 freestyle: Anna Baldwin, second, 1:06.79
• 400 freestyle: Fisher, second, 5:14.31; and Meredith Kozar, third, 5:34.11
• 200 freestyle relay: Caniglia, Kara, O'Keefe and Mitalski, first, 1:59.31
• 100 backstroke: Loring, 1:10.4; and Jamie Alexander, second, 1:14.02
• 100 breaststroke: Kochanowski, first, 1:22.16; and Gallagher, third, 1:38.03
• 400 freestyle relay: Kara, Fisher, Caniglia and Loring, first, 4:24.71
• 200 freestyle: Alek Vizmeg, third 2:15.55
• 200 IM: Matt Matolka, third, 2:34.68
• 50 freestyle: Tate Trattner, second, 27.35; and Alex Beegle, third, 27.81
• Diving: Hunter Trautmann, first, 171.15; and Evan Hamm, second, 143.4
• 100 butterfly: Sam Martinez, first, 1:04.15; Matolka, second, 1:06.04; and Mason Meyer, third, 1:07.78
• 100 freestyle: Seth Baylor, second, 59.37
• 400 freestyle: Vizmeg, third, 4:57.03
• 200 freestyle relay: Sam Martinez, Benjamin Martinez, Ruscin and Baylor, first, 1:48.63
• 100 backstroke: Meyer, second, 1:07.71
• 100 breaststroke: Sam Martinez, first, 1:15.16; and Matthew Constable, second, 1:18.19
• 400 freestyle relay: Benjamin Martinez, Beegle, Ruscin and Jack Morgan, first, 4:07.41
Loring, Kara, O'Keefe, Kochanowski, Abby Silcox, Ruscin, Meyer, Sam Martinez, Cosentino and Trattner are scheduled to compete at the Viking Invitational Friday at Cleveland State University.
Both teams aren't scheduled to compete again until 2018. They are set to compete at the Suburban League Championships Jan. 6 at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium. The meet is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.