The Stow-Munroe Falls boys and girls swimmers closed out their Western Reserve Conference dual meet schedule Jan. 26 with wins over the Nordonia Knights.
The Bulldogs had a decisive advantage in depth in their last two meets. This has allowed head coach Bart Kimble an opportunity to put swimmers in events that they don't typically compete in and to use some different combinations in the relay lineups.
With their 113-51 win over Nordonia, the boys finished their conference schedule with a 6-1 record, which placed them second in the standings behind Solon. The win boosted their overall mark to 7-1 on the season.
The swimmers took first place in all but one event against the Knights. All three relays won their events and there were six different winners in the individual events.
The featured event of the night however was the boys 200-yard freestyle relay. Since Nordonia did not have any divers, the boys divers (senior Ben Rahe, junior Dan Page and junior Dustin Jiles) had the night off from the diving pool.
So the trio instead teamed with senior co-captain Pat Wentz to swim the 200 free relay. It started off well as Wentz led them off and gave them an early lead after the first 50 yard leg. They were not able to maintain that lead for the entire race, but they did swim a respectable 1:53.19.
In other action, freshman Travis Wolfe was a multiple winner for the first time in high school competition. Travis took first in the 200 free with a 2:07.22 and also won the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:08.04. He dropped 4.56 seconds off his personal best time in the 200 free.
Junior Steven Kaminski won the 500 free with a time of 5:20.79 and touched out teammate freshman Alex Wentz for second in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:10.83. Wentz touched with a 1:10.87.
Alex Wentz also swam a personal best in the 200 individual medley and won it with a time of 2:18.11.
Sophomore Kenny Leep won a tightly contested 100 free. Leep swam a 56.06 for the win. Freshman Nick Brenner touched for third, but was only six tenths of second behind Leep with a 56.66.
Other first place finishes went to junior co-captain Adam Wagner in the 50 free (24.24) and junior Ben Bowser in the 100 fly (56.06).
The boys took firsts in all the relays. In the 200 free relay, Stow's 'B' relay team of Brenner, Alex Yeh, Alex Wentz and Logan Gabriel knocked of the 'A' relay team of Leep, sophomore Mike Fink, sophomore Cody Skinner and senior Joe Sauders 1:41.22 to 1:43.96.
The 200 medley relay team of Leep, Skinner, Kaminski and Brenner swam a 1:56.59 to get the win and the 400 free relay team of Sauders, Brenner, Fink and Leep won with a 3:50.07.
Some other notable performances:
* Junior Alex Blohm dropped 12.66 seconds in his 200 IM and finished third with a 2:31.53.
* Freshman Dylan Fox swam a 1:09.30 in the 100 backstroke to take 2.35 seconds off his personal best.
* Freshman Logan Gabriel dropped 1.61 seconds in 100 fly and took second with a time of 1:05.03.
Girls rout Knights
The Lady Bulldogs were able to dispose of the Nordonia girls by a score of 108-62 to end their conference schedule with a record of 5-2. They finished third in the conference standings behind Solon and Hudson. This win improved their overall record to 6-2.
The girls controlled this meet, winning all but two of the events.
This was a complete team victory as everyone was able to contribute.
There seven different individual winners. Coach Kimble mixed up the relay lineups, inserting some of his younger swimmers to reward them for their hard work this season.
Individual winners included: sophomore Erin Duchon, 200 free (2:06.81); freshman Shelbey Mitchell, 200 IM (2:33.57); junior Alyson Kolesar, 50 free (27.26); sophomore Katie Mozingo, 100 butterfly (1:10.43); sophomore Melissa Amerman, 100 free (1:03.55); junior Rachel Weitzel, 500 free (6:13.0); sophomore Vicki Moga 100, backstroke (1:09.59).
In the relays, the 400 free 'B' relay team of sophomore Tessa Wilson, freshman Rachel Rutherford, Moga and sophomore Jen Ciccantelli came from behind to win the event.
Moga entered the water for the third 100 yard leg trailing the leaders by 7.03 seconds. By the end of her leg, Moga had closed the gap and snuck into the lead swimming a 1:00.10 split.
Ciccantelli was able to extend the lead and touch first to get the win. The relay finished with a time of 4:13.35.
The 200 free 'A' relay team of Kolesar, freshman Megan Flinta, sophomore Abby Wentz and junior Renee Oneacre took first in a time of 1:52.28, touching out the 'B' relay team who swam a 1:52.97.
The 'B' relay consisted of Duchon, Ciccantelli, Mozingo and senior Jen Ross.
Some other notable performances for the girls were:
* Sophomore Tessa Wilson took second in the 200 free, dropping 1.67 seconds with a 2:13.07.
* Sophomore Victoria Nolte took second in the 100 breaststroke, dropping time for the second consecutive meet with a 1:20.74.
The swimmers and divers have their final dual meet of the season next Friday night against their arch rival Walsh at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.
This is always a very closely contested meet for both the boys and girls squad. It is also 'Senior Night' for both schools.
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