A slew of personal bests nearly led the Nordonia girls swimming and diving team to a regular-season-ending victory Friday at home against Suburban League National Conference rival North Royalton.
The Knights fell short, however, losing 100-80.
"It was a pretty close meet," said assistant coach Emma Toaz.
Leading the way for Nordonia were the divers. Senior Harley Bodziony won the one-meter diving with a score of 155.47. Sophomore Grace Weber finished second with a score of 144.30.
"Our divers did really well," Toaz said. "Harley and Grace were getting ready for sectionals and districts. They’ve been trying to perfect the dives they’ve been doing and making sure they have 11 dives ready for sectionals. Our diving coach is optimistic going into the postseason."
Senior Emma Kleismit finished second in both the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 15.69 seconds, personal best) and the 100 backstroke (1:14.85, season best).
"Emma is looking really good going into sectionals," said Toaz. "We’re expecting her to set personal records in all of her events at sectionals. She’s really improved and has been a big spark for us this season."
Sophomore Maddie Fiorucci finished right behind Kleismit in third (1:15.85) in the 100 butterfly. Senior Renee Schlueter placed third (1:20.22) in the 100 backstroke.
Senior Taylor Coppedge finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:25.52 and third (2:51.54) in the 200 individual medley. Sophomore Autumn Westbrooks was third (1:27.90) in the 100 breaststroke.
"Taylor is one of our hardest workers when it comes to practice," Toaz said. "She really puts in the work, so we’re really hoping that we’ll see a big meet from her at sectionals and hopefully get some personal bests out of her. She’s our leading scorer for the season, so she’s been a big contributor."
Senior Gina Fatica placed second in the 500 freestyle with a clocking of 6:45.73.
"Gina has really gotten her endurance up, and she’s trying to keep that positive attitude," said the coach.
Sophomore Caroline Orzechowski finished third in both the 50 freestyle (29.98) and the 100 freestyle (1:06.44).
Also placing third was senior Melania Laviano in the 200 freestyle (2:25.80).
The Nordonia boys team fell 117-58 to the Bears.
"The boys did really well," said Toaz, also an assistant coach for the boys team.
Senior Timmy Tomkovicz won both the 200 IM (2:03.40) and the 100 backstroke (55.54).
"Timmy swam great, especially going into sectionals," Toaz said. "He looked really good. He won by a whole lap in the 200 IM."
Senior Dom Dasher won the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.73 and finished second in the 50 freestyle with a clocking of 23.04.
"Dom swam really well," said Toaz. "He came close to winning the 50 freestyle. We expect him to have some personal bests in the next couple weeks."
Senior Jason Lewicki won the one-meter diving with a score of 156.15. His classmate Tyler Mosher finished second with a score of 123.15 and freshman Greg Lewicki, Jason’s brother, was third (107.47).
"Jason and Tyler have been learning some new dives, trying to increase their difficulty going into sectionals," the coach said.
Freshman Sean Fulton placed third in both the 100 butterfly (1:11.28, personal best) and the 100 breaststroke (1:25.67).
Both the boys and girls teams are scheduled to compete in the Division I sectional meet at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
The girls diving events are scheduled for Wednesday and the boys diving events are set for Thursday. The swimming events are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.