The Hudson girls swimming and diving team easily won the 16-team Akron Division I sectional meet Saturday at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
The Explorers scored 535 points. Akron Firestone finished second with 370 points and Brecksville-Broadview Heights took third with 273 points.
Every single Hudson swimmer qualified for the district competition, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium. The competition is set to begin at noon.
"I could not be more pleased with our performances," Explorers head coach Matt Davis said. "The best part of the meet was many of our younger swimmers stepped up and performed well."
Mackenzie DeWitt claimed two titles for Hudson. She placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.19 seconds and also took first in the 100 butterfly (57.58).
Paige McCormick won the 500 freestyle with a clocking of 5:02.25. The Explorers’ other victory came from Giovanna Cappabianca in the 200 individual medley (2:08.84).
Davis also had high praise for Eliana Szabo, who finished second in the 100 freestyle (53.69) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:55.92).
The following Hudson relays and individuals advanced:
• 200 medley relay: Cappabianca, DeWitt and Carrie Caniglia, second, 1:49.63;
• 200 freestyle: McCormick, second, 1:53.99; Gabrielle Loring, sixth, 1:57.77; and Caroline Von Ville, seventh, 2:02.42;
• 200 IM: Marisa Schenkenberger, seventh, 2:14.42; Lucy Reber, ninth, 2:18.27; and Caroline Coates, 10th, 2:19.62;
• 50 freestyle: Carrie Caniglia, third, 25.13; Maddie Horrigan, seventh, 25.77; and Peyton Binns, eighth, 25.78;
• 100 butterfly: Kate Hensley, sixth, 1:01.69; Horrigan, ninth, 1:03.03; and Erin Zmich, 15th, 1:07.51;
• 100 freestyle: Caniglia, fourth, 55.48; Binns, ninth, 56.43; and Noelle Kara, 10th, 56.52;
• 500 freestyle: Loring, third, 5:16.06; Olivia Pisano, fourth, 5:21.8; and Reber, seventh, 5:30.72;
• 200 freestyle relay: Caniglia, Szabo, Loring and DeWitt, second, 1:40.03;
• 100 backstroke: Pisano, fourth, 1:00.62; Hensley, fifth, 1:00.7; Hannah Weldon, sixth, 1:01.79; and Mia Dezelic, seventh, 1:02.35;
• 100 breaststroke: Cappabianca, fifth, 1:07.56; Mija Drobnjak, eighth, 1:08.69; Schenkenberger, ninth, 1:09.02; and Taylor Kochanowski, 10th, 1:09.09; and
• 400 freestyle relay: Cappabianca, McCormick, Szabo and Loring, second, 3:37.91.