MACEDONIA — Heading into their dual meet Friday at Macedonia Recreation Center, Nordonia swimming coach Glenn Yorkievitz and Stow-Munroe Falls coach Ryan Miller each had the same idea.
Both coaches took their regular even lineup and blew them to smithereens. There was some method behind this madness.
With both teams coming off their hardest workouts of the season, both coaches wanted to see their swimmers go at in "off" events; That is, swimming in events they won’t be training for once the postseason comes around.
Stow showed off its overall team depth and versatility, as the Bulldogs swept the meets. The Stow boys won the 136-40, while the Bulldog girls scored a 140-46 victory.
Stow’s boys improved to 4-1 dual meets, while the Bulldog girls moved to 3-2. Nordonia’s boys suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 in dual meets, while the Knights girls dropped to 0-5.
Miller said he planned to throw some curveballs at his team with the Bulldogs ready for the Northeast Classic on Saturday.
"To put them into an unknown situation and see how they respond," Miller said. "I’m always going to try to keep the kids improving. We had some kids swim season bests today, even in off events. They’re really stepping up."
Although Nordonia picked up only one individual win on the night, Yorkievitz was very happy with what he saw.
"We’re really just trying to see what the kids can do in other events," Yorkievitz said. "We’re really grinding right now. They’re still in some of the toughest workouts of the season.
"Most of the kids were swimming events they never swam before," he added. "We took this meet as just more of a practice than anything else."
Nordonia got a win in boys one-meter diving from Greg Lewicki, who produced a season-best score of 191.2 points. In the girls one-meter diving competition, Stow freshman Paide Galperin edged Nordonia’s Grace Weber 185.3-179.4 for the win.
In the pool, Stow showed off the versatility and team depth Miller has been trying to build since he took over the program.
"That’s what I do," Miller said. "I don’t think high school swimming is about specialization. I don’t think they’re supposed to have a stroke specialty until they get to college."
The result was familiar names in winning in unfamiliar events for the Bulldogs.
Double winners for the Stow boys included Alex Cimera in the 50-yard freestyle (22.88 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.02) and Luke Novak in the 100 butterly (56.46) and 100 backstroke (57.57).
Stow also got wins from Caleb Myers in the 200 freestyle (1:58.99), Dylan Cossin in the 200 individual medley (2:08.2), Keith Turnbull in the 100 freestyle (53.43) and Jacob Hickin in the 500 freestyle (5:33.11).
Stow also swept the three relays with the 200 free relay providing the best race of the night. Turnbull was able to hold off Cimera in the final leg, as Stow’s "B" relay of Novak, William Dorenkott, Hickin and Turnbull won int 1:36.12, beating the Stow "A" squad by .2 seconds.
In the girls meet, Stow had a pair of double winners as well. Junior Evie Lewis won the 200 freestyle in 2:09.37 and the 100 freestyle in 59.84 seconds, while junior Grace Pontius scored a win in the 200 IM (2:31.8) and 100 breaststroke (1:20.99).
Stow got individual wins from Annalia Dye in the 50 freestyle (26.87), Kaitlyn Dutton in the 100 butterfly (1:15.5), Molly O’Brien in the 500 freestyle (5:59.79) and Bernice Sun in the 100 backstroke (1:09.62).
Nordonia top swimming finish came in the 100 breaststroke, as Ella Pendleton took second place in 1:25.68.
Nordonia will travel to Brecsksville-Broadview Heights Thursday at 5 p.m. before swimming in a quad meet at Hudson Saturday at 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, Stow host a tri-meet with North Royalton and Twinsburg Friday at 6 p.m.
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