CANTON — The finals of Saturday's 16th annual Northeast Classic at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton featured swimmers with state championship résumés and young up-and-comers with state-title aspirations.
Hudson senior Paige McCormick has that state-championship pedigree and her teammate, junior Mackenzie DeWitt, appears to be in the conversation for medals.
McCormick and DeWitt each won an individual event. McCormick touched the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 3.36 seconds and DeWitt placed first in the 50 freestyle in 23.63 seconds. McCormick also swam the 100 freestyle.
"The 100 free was something a little different because I always swim the 500 and the 200," McCormick said. "To get up and go in the 100 kind of worked a different set of muscles. It is good to change it up and it was really fun to do in this meet in the state pool."
McCormick, DeWitt, freshman Carrie Caniglia and sophomore Eliana Szabo teamed up to finish second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:31.71. DeWitt, Szabo, Caniglia and senior Giovanna Cappabianca placed third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.
"I feel really confident with my time in the 50 freestyle," DeWitt said. "I definitely had a few small, minor things that I wanted to tweak from this morning [during the preliminary races], which I think helped in the finals."
The Explorers finished third in the team standings with 145 points. New Albany easily won the 44-team meet with 311.5 points and Gates Mills Hawken was the runner-up with 217 points.
In the boys’ meet, Hudson’s Caleb Tuckerman finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:37.63). He also joined juniors Seth Baylor and Benjamin Martinez and freshman Vittorio Cappabianca on the third-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:29.02).
Hunter Trautmann placed sixth with 385.6 points in the diving competition.
The Explorers placed seventh with 112 points. Bexley St. Charles Preparatory School edged North Canton Hoover 227-224 to win the 42-team competition. Dublin Jerome took third with 219 points.