The Aurora girls and boys swimming and diving teams made stellar 2019-20 debuts at the Bedford Lion’s Relays Saturday.

The girls team easily won the five-team competition with 108 points. Nordonia was the runner-up with 60 points.

The boys team won the four-team competition with 78 points. Cleveland Heights finished second with 62 points.

The following Greenmen relays won.


• Diving: Victoria Blechschmid, first, 144.4 points

• 200-yard medley: Molly Russell, Alayna Brooker, Celeste Devincentis and Maeve Russell, first, 2 minutes, 4.3 seconds

• 500 freestyle: Kyleigh Roche, Molly Russell, Elizabeth Barto and Maeve Russell, first, 5:29.24

• 400 medley: Jane Puzder, Barto, Julia Sapochetti and Annalise Bender, first, 5:03.52

• 200 freestyle: Maeve Russell, Sapochetti, Aurora Collura and Brooker, first, 1:52.37

• 200 butterfly: Devincentis, Laine Palko, Claire Schiopota and Bender, first, 2:17.07

• 200 backstroke: Molly Russell, Brooklyn Duguay, Ella Case and Kyleigh Roche, first, 2:20.23

• 200 breaststroke: Collura, Schiopota, Puzder and Brooker, first, 2:24.65

• 400 freestyle: Collura, Sapochetti, Barto and Roche, first, 4:19.27


• Diving: Schafer Eckerle, first, 115.2

• 500 freestyle: Nate Ruehr, Nathan Meyer, Andrew Meyer and Jon Hybil, first, 5:07.89

• 200 backstroke: Thomas LoGalbo, Nate New, Porter Aardema and Andrew Meyer, first, 2:10.44

• 400 freestyle relay: Nathan Meyer, Adam Killian, Max Bailey and Ruehr, first, 3:57.73

"Standing on that pool deck, watching relay after relay after relay, leave it all in the water; it was hard to remember where this team came from only months prior," first-year Aurora head coach Sarah Gellott said. "Months ago, this team had no pool to practice in, no coach and a whole lot of unknowns.

"When they finally secured new coaches, they had to get accustomed to new practices and new expectations, quickly. On top of that, they had to practice from 8-10 p.m. every school night and 6-8 a.m. every Saturday morning. These swimmers and divers showed up every day with amazing attitudes, a strong work ethic and a whole lot of trust.

"This meet was the meet they needed: to confirm that what they put in when it was hard, was worth it. They earned each of those trophies and plaques. They earned that pride that comes when you represent your school and community well.

"Proud isn't a word powerful enough for the emotion I felt after each relay finished. It isn't even close to the feeling I felt when they announced the winning teams. This team is magic and I am so honored to witness it each and every day."