Head coach Emmy Walton decided to mix things up a little bit and allow her swimmers to compete in events they don’t normally compete in.
But the Tallmadge boys swimming and diving team still came away with a 108-33 victory over Suburban League American Conference rival Barberton Jan. 10 at home.
"We were really happy with how it worked out," Walton said. "The boys took first place in every single event. Barberton has a small team, but our team is small too, so it didn’t really come down to the numbers, it came down to the talent and our boys really shined."
Junior Jarod Shumaker won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:58.33. Sophomore Andrew Nelson placed second (6:15.67).
"Neither Jarod nor Andrew had ever swam that event, so their performances were very impressive," Walton said.
Seniors Kyle Wilber and Ryan Riter joined juniors Nick Sabetta and Alex Krukemeyer to win the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.41, which really got Walton’s attention.
"That relay team did very, very well, so we’re going to keep that same combination going forward," she said.
Riter won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.42. Wilber placed second (25.26) and Nelson took third (26.65).
Krukemeyer won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.97. Shumaker placed second (2:22.04).
In the 200 individual medley, Sabetta finished first, clocking in at 2:24.27. Junior Cole Neupert was the runner-up (2:39.74).
Krukemeyer won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:07.75, while Wilber finished second (1:22.04).
Sabetta won the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.91. Freshman Kaine Koerner placed second (1:08.89).
In the 100 backstroke, Neupert finished first with a clocking of 1:08.78. Koerner was second (1:29.35).
Winning the 100 breaststroke was Riter with a time of 1:12.29. Shumaker, Nelson, Sabetta and Wilber led the 200 medley relay to a winning time of 1:59.28.
Shumaker, Koerner, Neupert and Nelson combined to win the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:10.2.
On Jan. 6, the Blue Devils finished fifth with 132 points in the American Conference at the Suburban League Championships. The swimming competition took place at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium and the diving took place Jan. 4 at Twinsburg High School.
Revere won the competition with 276 points. Copley placed second with 234 points and Theodore Roosevelt captured third with 213 points.
"We were very, very happy with the results," Walton said. "We had a lot of personal bests. We knew that we’d be close to Highland, so we were happy that we came out ahead of them."
Sabetta finished fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.33. Nelson placed 10th (27.03) and Koerner was 12th (27.96).
"Nick doesn’t normally swim that event, but we knew that he’d be able to score points and have a good swim," Walton said. "He did exactly what we wanted him to do. He’s a versatile swimmer. He can swim almost any event."
Neupert, Krukemeyer, Sabetta and Wilber led the 200 medley relay to a fourth-place time of 1:57.63.
Wilber, Krukemeyer, Shumaker and Sabetta led the 400 freestyle relay with a fourth-place clocking of 3:52.13.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Nelson, Neupert, Koerner and Shumaker combined to place sixth with a time of 1:49.19.
"We were missing Ryan, one of our top swimmers, who was out of town, so the fact that we were still able to do well without him in the relays was a positive," Walton said.
Sabetta finished fifth (59.55) in the 100 butterfly. Also placing fifth (5:39.45) was Krukemeyer in the 500 freestyle. Krukemeyer was sixth (2:20.01) in the 200 IM.
In the 100 freestyle, Shumaker finished eighth (57.38) and Wilber placed ninth (57.52).
Neupert finished 10th (1:11.31) and Shumaker 11th (1:11.81) in the 100 backstroke, while Nelson placed 11th (1:24.18) in the 100 breaststroke.
The Lady Blue Devils beat Barberton 93-68.
"The girls did really well," Walton said. "Just like with the boys, we mixed it up. We almost won every event, but Barberton was able to sneak in a few really good swimmers."
Freshman Hannah Fiume won the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:03.36 and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:24.4.
"Hannah swam very well," Walton said. "Her times continue to drop as the season goes on."
Junior Savanna Ansley finished third (1:16.96) in the 100 freestyle. Senior Melissa Sincel placed third (1:41.47) in the 100 breaststroke.
Sophomore Isabelle Davis won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:26.59. Sincel won the 200 IM with a clocking of 3:10.98.
Fiume and Davis joined sophomore Angelina Norris and junior Maddie Parry to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:20.76.
Parry finished second (29.76) in the 50 freestyle. Freshman Cassie Jeffries placed third (32.87).
In the 500 freestyle, sophomore Sandra Deblasio finished second (7:09.05) and her classmate, Lauren Meadows, placed third (8:00.71).
"Sandra dropped a lot of time in that event and we were very proud of that," Walton said. "She has been dropping time every single meet. She has been working really hard in practice, and it paid off."
Davis finished second (1:19.06) and Deblasio third (1:30.30) in the 100 backstroke. Parry placed second (1:23.72) in the 100 butterfly.
At the league championships, the Lady Blue Devils finished sixth with 80 points.
Copley won the competition with 315 points. Highland placed second with 286 points and Aurora took third with 227 points.
"We were really happy with how the girls performed," Walton said. "There were a lot of personal bests."
Norris, Fiume, Parry and Davis led the 200 medley relay to a fifth-place time of 2:16.52 in the 200 medley relay. The same four girls combined to place sixth (2:01.28) in the 200 freestyle relay.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Jeffries, Deblasio, Ansley and Sincel finished seventh (5:07.03).
Fiume placed ninth (2:38.82) in the 200 IM. Finishing 10th were Parry in the 100 butterfly (1:16.94) and Fiume in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.88). Davis placed 12th (1:07.52) in the 100 freestyle.
Both teams, who were 2-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference as of press time, are scheduled to host Crestwood Saturday at University Park YMCA in Akron. The meet is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
They are scheduled to host American Conference foe Highland Wednesday before heading to Ocasek Natatorium for the Barberton Invitational Jan. 20. Both meets are set to begin at 5 p.m.