Nick Archer hit it out of the park in winning the 100-yard backstroke with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 6.08 seconds Wednesday in a swimming meet at Suburban League American Conference rival Copley.
Overall, the Blue Devils lost 97-36 to the Indians.
"Nick and I have been working on his backstroke a lot lately and it’s beginning to show," Tallmadge head coach Kaela Long said. "He actually had a shoulder injury and he had to modify how he’s swimming this event to keep it from flaring up.
"He works super hard and listens to every criticism that I give him. It was a very good race for him."
Even though her team lost, Long was pleased with its performance.
"I think the boys did very well," she said. "We are very lucky to have a pool that has good walls so that they can push off. In this meet, the pool’s walls were basically metal and the kids were slipping off of them, but they had a really good overall attitude and didn’t let that slow down their times."
Sophomore Jack Markley finished second in the 200 individual medley with a personal-best time of 2:24.49. He also placed third in the 100 freestyle with a clocking of 57.35. Archer was right behind in fourth with a time of 57.5.
"Jack did pretty well in the 200 IM," Long said. "We have to work on his breaststroke part of that event. He is incredible just because he learned what’s called a bucket turn in legitimately 24 hours. I have a feeling he’s going to drop his time in our next meet.
"In the 100 freestyle, Jack and Nick kept up with each other. It was neck and neck between the two of them for third place. They push each other a lot and I’m hoping they can drop to 56 seconds by the end of the season."
Freshman Eli Luedke finished third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:45.08. Sophomore Joe Sabetta took third in the 50 freestyle with a clocking of 27.8. Both clockings were personal bests.
"Eli did very well," Long said. "After a few hard practices coming up, he’s going to be conditioned more and I think he’ll do a lot better in this event.
"Joe has been working hard on his technique. This meet was a result of him putting in the work."
The Tallmadge girls team fell 133-32 to Copley.
"I’m always proud of the girls," Long said. "They always give it everything they have. Several of the girls weren’t feeling well, but they persevered."
Junior Hannah Fiume led the way for the Blue Devils in winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:23.52.
"Hannah puts a lot of effort into this event," Long said. "She’s basically the breaststroker on our team. She’s trying to modify her technique a little bit. I’m so proud of her for getting first place in this meet. I’m hoping she can get that time down to 1:20 [in her next meet]."
Fiume also finished third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:45.2.
Junior Cassie Jeffries finished third in the 100 freestyle with a personal-best time of 1:05.53. She also placed third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.36.
"Cassie is swimming well," Long said. "She’s so close to breaking her personal best in the 50 freestyle. We’re trying to get her below 30 seconds and she’s determined to get it."
Senior Angelina Norris finished third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:16.56.
"Angelina takes every criticism that I give her and works on her stroke and is getting stronger," Long said. "She actually looks stronger. She’s going to drop time in the coming meets."