Nordonia senior Timmy Tomkovicz set a pool record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.81 seconds Friday during the Knights’ season-opening 133-53 loss at Suburban League National Conference rival Wadsworth.
"That was a race to the finish," said Knights head coach Mike Martin. "Timmy was trailing at the turn and really closed the last 25 yards for the win."
Tomkovicz also won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.46.
"Timmy just went out and swam really well. He dominated. I think he won by close to 25 seconds," Martin said, adding that his team’s top-end swimmers performed as expected, while the younger swimmers competed well.
Senior Dom Dasher won the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.18 and the 100 freestyle with a clocking of 52.34.
"Dom just competed hard from start to finish," said Martin. "He did really well in both of those races."
Senior Tyler Mosher finished second in the one-meter diving with a score of 133.15.
"Tyler did a great job," the coach said.
The Nordonia girls team lost 124-52.
"We got what we expected out of our seniors," said Martin. "They swam really well and did a nice job."
Sophomore Grace Weber won the one-meter diving with a score of 163. Senior Harley Bodziony finished third (154.35).
"Grace did a great job. Harley did a nice job, too," Martin said.
Sophomore Caroline Orzechowski finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.70 and third in the 100 freestyle (1:05.78).
"Caroline swam well. It was one of her best times," said the coach. "We’re looking for some big things out of her."
Senior Taylor Coppedge finished runner-up in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:23.45 and third in the 200 IM (2:49.47).
"Taylor is one of our leaders, and she goes out there and sets the tone," Martin said. "She did a great job with that."
Senior Emma Kleismit placed third in the 100 butterfly (1:20.88) and the 100 backstroke.
Also finishing third was senior Gina Fatica in the 500 freestyle (6:47.12).
Nordonia was originally set to participate in the Bedford Lions Relays Saturday, but the meet was postponed to Dec. 13.
Both the boys and girls teams are scheduled to host National Conference rival Hudson Saturday at 6 p.m.
Nordonia is scheduled to compete at the Viking Invitational at Cleveland State University Saturday at 9 a.m.