One could make the case that it was a foregone conclusion before the season began.
However, the Hudson girls and boys swimming and diving teams had to complete various tasks to continue their reign as the Suburban League National Conference champions.
Those tasks were officially completed Saturday in Wadsworth.
Both teams finished 7-0 in the conference after earning victories over Wadsworth, Nordonia and North Royalton. With the wins, both squads improved to 8-0 overall.
The girls team, which won its fifth consecutive championship. crushed the Grizzlies (142-43), Knights (151-35) and Bears (144-39). The boys team, which captured its third title in a row, earned a 119-61 victory over Wadsworth, a 145-35 win over Nordonia and a 117-59 victory over North Royalton.
The Explorers set six pool records in the process too. Five of those records came from the girls team.
Senior Paige McCormick had a lot to do with those records.
She won the 200-yard individual medley with a record time of 2 minutes, 1.95 seconds in her seed race. She went on to win the race by more than 10 seconds after swimming a clocking of 2:09.04..
McCormick, Cappabianca and Szabo joined Peyton Binns on the first-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:42.86).
Not to be outdone, Szabo set a record by herself too. She won the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.87 seconds. Her seed time was 54.79 seconds.
The Hudson girls’ other records came from the first-place 400 freestyle relay team of Gabrielle Loring, Erin Zmich, Pisano and Lucy Reber (3:46.82) and 200 medley relay team of Reber, Marisa Schenkenberger, Mackenzie DeWitt and Carrie Caniglia (1:52.88).
The boys team’s record came from junior Seth Baylor, who swam a seed time of 1:57.28 in the 200 IM. He went on to win the race in 2:01.27.
Other Explorer relays that won, along with other individuals who placed in the top three for Hudson in their individual events are as follows:
• 200 freestyle: Emily Clark, second, 2:10.68;
• 200 IM: Carrie Caniglia, second, 2:19.33;
• 50 freestyle: Noelle Kara, first, 25.96; Zmich, second, 26.11; and Binns, third, 26.2;
• Diving: Isabella DiTullio, first, 224.4 points; and Lydia Redd, second, 185.6;
• 100 butterfly: DeWitt, first, 59.29; Pisano, second, 1:03.66; and Maddie Horrigan, third, 1:04.07;
• 100 freestyle: Mia Dezelic, second, 57.5;
• 500 freestyle: Loring, first, 5:18.09; Reber, second, 5:21.94; and Maddie Seifert, third, 5:31.98;
• 100 backstroke: Schenkenberger, first, 1:03.11;
• 100 breaststroke: Cappabianca, second, 1:09.24; and Mija Drobnjak, third, 1:10.68;
• 200 medley relay: Dylan Albrecht, Caleb Tuckerman, Andrew Ketler and Seth Baylor, first, 1:42.61;
• 200 freestyle: Andrew Constable, second, 1:55.04; and Alek Vizmeg, third, 1:55.99;
• 200 IM: Roman Sawicki, third, 2:09.61;
• 50 freestyle: Tuckerman, first, 22.7;
• Diving: Hunter Trautmann, first, 242.3;
• 100 butterfly: Mason Meyer, third, 56.42;
• 100 freestyle: Vittorio Cappabianca, third, 52.48;
• 500 freestyle: Tate Trattner, first, 5:00.17; Ketler, second, 5:06; and Ruben Szabo, third, 5:15.52;
• 200 freestyle relay: Calvin Kampman, Benjamin Martinez, Meyer and Tuckerman, first, 1:32.38;
• 100 backstroke: Baylor, second, 56.73; and Sawicki, third, 59.38;
• 100 breaststroke: Tuckerman, second, 1:02.39; and
• 400 freestyle relay: Vittorio Cappabianca, Trattner, Martinez and Baylor, first, 3:25.91.