It was the rubber match between two of the Suburban League National Conference’s all-time greats.
This time, it was no contest.
The Hudson boys swimming and diving team is still the king of the pool.
The Explorers captured their second straight National Conference title after winning the Suburban League Championships Saturday at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
Hudson won the eight-team meet with 527 points. Brecksville-Broadview Heights placed second with 361 points and Stow-Munroe Falls took third with 355 points.
Coming into the meet, the Explorers and Bees won two championships apiece since the Suburban League expanded to a 15-team, two-conference format.
The tie has been broken — rather emphatically.
"The boys were awesome," Hudson head coach Matt Davis said. "We had 26 of our 33 swims/dives that placed in the top eight. Our kids have been working hard and I am really pleased with where we are right now."
The following Hudson relays finished in the top three and the following Explorers placed in the top five in their individual events:
• 200-yard medley relay: Dylan Albrecht, Caleb Tuckerman, Seth Baylor and Benjamin Martinez, second, 1 minute, 42.02 seconds;
• 200 freestyle: Tuckerman, first, 1:45.29; Tate Trattner, fourth, 1:51.04; and Andrew Ketler, fifth, 1:52.8;
• 100 freestyle: Tuckerman, first, 47.81;
• 200 individual medley: Baylor, first, 2:01.09; and Vittorio Cappabianca, third, 2:04.96; Alek Vizmeg, fifth, 2:07.23;
• 100 butterfly: Ketler, fifth, 55.13;
• 500 freestyle: Baylor, second, 4:56.94; Cappabianca, third, 4:58.75; Trattner, fourth, 5:04.81;
• 200 freestyle relay: Cappabianca, Trattner, Martinez and Mason Meyer, first, 1:32.95;
• 100 backstroke: Meyer, third, 57.11; and Albrecht, fourth, 58.22;
• 100 breaststroke: Vizmeg, third, 1:05.25; and Martinez, fourth, 1:05.73; and
• 400 freestyle relay: Baylor, Tuckerman, Meyer and Cappabianca, first, 3:20.58.