Nordonia senior Christina McFarland set a meet record in winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.23 seconds in the Akron North Division I sectional swimming and diving meet, held Feb. 7-8 and 10 at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
McFarland’s performance qualified her for the district meet later this week at Cleveland State University, as did her winning time of 57.84 in the 100 backstroke.
"Christina is having a great season overall," said Knights head coach Claudio Costanzo. "I think this is her year to really shine. Everything is just falling into place for her. She worked really hard in the off-season."
The top 30 finishers in each event combined with both the Division I Canton and Geneva sectionals qualified for districts.
Also advancing to districts in the 100 butterfly was senior Amanda Westbrooks with a 12th-place time of 1:03.19.
"Amanda had a great swim," said Costanzo.
Overall, Nordonia finished ninth out of 15 teams with 117 points.
Hudson won the competition with 424 points. Brecksville-Broadview Heights finished second with 400 points and Akron Firestone was third with 225 points.
Freshman Grace Weber qualified for the district meet in the 1-meter diving with an eighth-place score of 276.65. Junior Harlequinn Bodziony advanced, too, with a ninth-place score of 261.65.
Also qualifying for districts with a sixth-place clocking of 1:56.73 was the 200 medley relay team of McFarland, Westbrooks, junior Taylor Coppedge and freshman Caroline Orzechowski.
"It’s nice to see a girls relay advance to districts," said Costanzo. "It was a big event for Caroline, being a freshman, and it will get bigger later this week. Taylor and Amanda had great swims."
The 400 freestyle relay team of Westbrooks, Orzechowski, McFarland and senior Stephanie Schueren finished ninth (3:54.51).
Coppedge, Schueren and juniors Emma Kleismit and Melanie Laviano combined to place 13th (1:51.17) in the 200 freestyle relay.
On the boys side, senior Jared Toaz and juniors Timmy Tomkovicz and Dominic Dasher each qualified for districts in two individual events and as members of two relay teams.
"Jared, Timmy and Dom did really well. They all have been swimming very well," said Costanzo.
Overall, Nordonia finished eighth out of 14 teams with 147.5 points.
Hudson won the competition with 391.5 points. Brecksville-Broadview Heights finished second with 386 points and Walsh Jesuit placed third with 283 points.
Toaz finished fourth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:58.79. Tomkovicz was 11th, clocking in at 2:05.43.
Tomkovicz finished fourth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.60. Senior Jared Schneider qualified for districts by placing 13th with a personal-best time of 58.55.
Toaz was fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.86.
Dasher finished ninth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.75 and 13th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.27. Schneider was 14th (23.11) in the 50 freestyle.
Dasher, Tomkovicz, Schneider and Toaz teamed to advance to districts in both the 200 freestyle relay (fifth, 1:31.37) and the 200 medley relay (sixth, 1:42.79).
"Both relays are really focused on trying to get to the state meet," Costanzo said. "I think they have a little more speed in them, hopefully for later this week."
Advancing to the district meet in 1-meter diving were senior Matthew Gerhart with a fourth-place score of 299.55 and junior Jason Lewicki with a 12th-place score of 242.45.
Also competing in the 1-meter dive were junior Tyler Mosher (15th, 205.25) and freshman Joey Wahl (16th, 167.20).
The district meet diving events are scheduled for Thursday. The swimming events are set for Saturday.
"It’s hopefully going to be a good week of practice and I’m hoping our kids will perform well later this week," said Costanzo.
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