Thanks to a mix of impressive performances by veterans as well as youngsters, the Twinsburg boys and girls swimming teams had some strong individual efforts at the Suburban League Championships.
With the focus on individual marks and performance as well as training, youthful Twinsburg showed encouraging results at the Suburban League National Conference Championships Saturday at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
Head coach Kirtis Huelsman saw his teams battle in team races as team titles were won by Hudson’s boys and girls teams.
Twinsburg placed sixth in the girls standings while the Tiger boys were eighth overall.
Senior Evan Bartel led the boys unit as he finished fifth in the 100-freestyle race with a clocking of 51.55 seconds.
Bartel touched ninth overall in the 200 free, posting a time of 1-minute, 54.71 seconds.
Pacing Twinsburg’s girls’ squad was senior Madison Zelenka, who finished eighth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:08.97 at the UA pool. She also was 18th in the 50 free with a time of 29.13 ticks.
Another standout senior for the Lady Tigers – Mariam Fahmy, also had some strong placements at the meet.
Fahmy swam 10th in the 500 free race with a clocking of 6:12.10. Fahmy was also 12th in the 200 free, touching in 2:20.19.
Alaina McBride, a junior, took 10th overall for Twinsburg in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:17.08.
McBride also placed 13th in the 100-breaststroke race with a time of 1:24.18.
Freshman Meredith Bartel had an impressive debut in the league meet.
Meredith Bartel registered 11th-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:20.18 and in the 200 individual medley with a clocking of 2:36.32.
In fact, the Bartel family had four different athletes place in the league meet.
Sophomore twin brothers Nate Bartel and Jack Bartel competed in fine fashion.
Placing 13th in the 500 free was Nate Bartel, who touched in 5:51.61 and was 16th in the 200 free in 2:10.68.
Jack Bartel placed 13th in the 200 IM with a clocking of 2:30.39 and added a 14th-place in the 100 breast race with a time of 1:16.55.
Senior Max Rodin finished 15th overall in the 100 fly in 1:07.45 at the loaded league meet.
For the girls, sophomore Maddy Dolney had strong races to place 13th in the 200 IM (2:45.89) and 16th in the 100 breast (1:27.72).
Junior Danielle Coyle had a pair of 14th-place efforts in the 200 free and in the 500 free. In the 200 free, Coyle touched in 2:26.75 and had a time of 6:31.54 in the 500 free.
Grabbing 15th-place in the 50 free was junior Alex Abate, who finished in 29.09 seconds. Abate was 18th in the 100 free in 1:05.77.
Bella Dobrski, a junior, was also busy as she placed 16th in the 100 fly (1:21.76) and 17th in the 200 IM (3:01.85).
Sophomore Maddy Konash touched 16th overall in the 100 back (1:15.97), freshman Samantha Swauger was 16th in the 200 free (2:27.39), and sophomore Jasmin Freeman placed 17th in the 100 free (1:05.74).
A trio of seniors also competed well for the Tiger boys – Eddy Efraim, Cade Schapel, and Mason Fletcher.
With a time of 26.27 seconds, Efraim touched 18th in the 50 free, followed by Schapel, who was 19th in 26.84 ticks.
Fletcher finished 20th in the 100 back with a time of 1:23.27 for the Tigers, who host West Geauga Jan. 8 and have a league tri-meet at Stow-Munroe Falls Jan. 17 that also includes North Royalton.