A year ago, Ryan Riter finished eighth in the 1-meter diving at the Division II Northeast District meet at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium.
The Tallmadge senior’s goal this season was to finish in the top six, which would earn him a spot at the state meet.
Riter finished sixth with a score of 326.5 points Feb. 14 at the district meet at CSU, advancing to the state meet, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 21 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Preliminaries are set to begin at 2 p.m.
"We’re very proud of Ryan for achieving his goal," Blue Devils head coach Emmy Walton said.
Riter had a busy and successful week. On Feb. 9 in the Akron sectional meet at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium, he qualified for the district meet in one individual swimming event and as a member of two relay teams.
The top 30 individuals and top 20 relays combined with another sectional qualified for the district competition.
Riter set a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke by finishing seventh with a time of 1:05.74.
"That was Ryan’s event all season," Walton said. "We’re really proud of him."
Riter joined senior Kyle Wilber and juniors Alex Krukemeyer and Nick Sabetta to finish seventh in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.89.
"They reached their goal time, but they’re hoping to go even faster at districts," Walton said.
Riter, Sabetta and Wilber were joined by junior Jarod Shumaker to place 11th in the 200 medley relay with a clocking of 1:52.42.
Also placing 11th and advancing to the district competition was the 400 freestyle relay team of Wilber, Shumaker, Krukemeyer and Sabetta with a time of 3:39.25.
"For both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, I knew it was going to be close as to whether they’d make it to districts," Walton said. "So I’m really glad they’re advancing and excited to see how they do. We’re really proud to have all three relays at districts."
Overall, Tallmadge finished 13th out of 23 teams with 78 points. Canfield won the competition with 302 points. Rocky River finished second with 271 points and Revere placed third with 215.5 points.
Sabetta also qualified for the district competition in the 100 butterfly with a sixth-place time of 57.9. Krukemeyer advanced to the district level in the 200 individual medley, too, with a 13th-place clocking of 2:15.33.
"Nick’s goal was to go 58 and he beat it, so we were really happy with that," Walton said. "He knew that would get him to districts. He did a great job.
"Alex has been working hard all season and just perfecting each stroke and every turn and it really paid off in his performance. We’re excited to see what he does at districts."
The district swimming events are scheduled for Feb. 16. The top two finishers in each event and 16 at-large finishers combined with the Northwest, Southwest and Central districts qualify for the state meet, which is scheduled for Feb. 23.
The Lady Blue Devils finished 23rd out of 26 teams with 23 points at the sectional meet.
Bay Village Bay won the competition with 278 points. Akron Archbishop Hoban finished second with 221 points and Loudonville took third with 195 points.
Freshman Hannah Fiume led Tallmadge with a 14th-place time of 1:18 in the 100 breaststroke.
She also joined sophomore Isabelle Davis, freshman Cassie Jeffries and junior Madalyn Parry on the 12th-place 400 freestyle relay team (4:21.38).