Securing several individual district berths shows just how successful this year’s young edition of Twinsburg boys and girls swimming and diving has been.
Opening up the post season, Twinsburg competed well at the challenging Akron Division I sectional championships at Ocasek Natatorium at the University of Akron.
Twinsburg’s girls team finished 11th out of 16 schools with 67 points as the swimming finals took place Saturday.
A youthful boys squad garnered 44 points and placed 13th overall.
Paced by some strong veteran seniors, the Tigers secured four district championship berths in four different events.
The girls team had three qualifiers to the Cleveland State University District Wednesday to Saturday at CSU’s Busbey Natatorium while the boys had one.
The top two finishers in each event automatically advanced to the district meet while other qualifiers are at-large based on marks in the three sectionals.
Senior standout Madison Zelenka finished 10th in the AU finals in the girls’ 100-yard backstroke competition to reach districts.
Zelenka touched in backstroke event in 1 minute and 6.25 seconds for the Lady Tigers at the deep AU sectional and going into districts, she was ranked 30th overall.
Pacing the boys in sectional action was talented senior Evan Bartel.
Bartel raced to a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle race with a clocking of 1:51.52.
In addition, Bartel was 14th in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle race at AU. His time was 51.75 seconds, which puts him 23rd overall for the rugged CSU District action Feb. 14-15.
Outstanding freshman sister Meredith Bartel placed 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke to score in the finals. Her time was 1:16.91, which ranks her 35th overall at the district.
Freshman Cece Radicelli finished seventh in the girls’ 1-meter diving competition at AU on Feb. 5.
Competing in her first post season, Radicelli registered a score of 318.55. She was seventh out of 20 divers.
That was enough for Radicelli to qualify for the CSU District, which will be Feb. 13. The warmups at CSU are set for 5:30 p.m. while the competition for the divers begins at 6:30 p.m.
Also reaching the girls finals for Twinsburg was Meredith Bartel in the 200-yard individual medley. She was 16th and was clocked at 2:31.29.
Veteran senior Mariam Fahmy collected a 17th-place with a clocking of 6:05.42 in the 500-yard freestyle competition.
Twinsburg’s 400-yard freestyle relay registered a ninth-place effort with a time of 4:10.70.
Comprising the relay was Zelenka, freshman Samantha Swauger, Meredith Bartel, and sophomore Jasmine Freeman.
The girls’ 200-yard medley relay touched 10th overall with a time of 2:03.19.
Making up the relay was Zelenka, Meredith Bartel, junior Alana McBride, and junior Alex Abate.
Also grabbing 10th-place was the Tigers’ 200-yard freestyle relay crew of Freeman, Abate, Swauger, and McBride. Their time was 1:53.26.
Placing 20th, junior Danielle Coyle was timed at 6:11.02 in the 500 free race at AU. McBride was 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:20.55).
Freeman touched 20th in the 100-yard freestyle swim in 59.73 seconds and placed 22nd in the 50-yard freestyle (27.52).
Sophomore Maddy Dolney finished 21st in the 200-yard IM (2:37.95) and touched 23rd in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:22.17).
Swauger placed 22nd (2:18.15) in the 200-yard freestyle while junior Danielle Coyle was 24th (2:19.06).
Junior Bella Dobrski touched 25th overall in the 100-yard butterfly (1:16.12).
There were plenty of highlights for the Tiger boys as well.
The Tigers’ 200-yard medley relay placed 10th (1:55.06) behind Evan Bartel, plus twin sophomore brothers Jack Bartel, and Nate Bartel. Senior Eddy Efraim was the anchor.
Twinsburg’s 200-yard free relay was 10th (1:39.47) with Efraim, Nate Bartel, junior Jared Mulcahy, and Evan Bartel.
Nate Bartel registered a time of 2:20.58 to place 17th in the 200-yard IM. Nate and Jack Bartel also placed 18th (5:34.49) and 19th (5:37.41), respectively, in the 500 free competition.
Efraim finished 23rd overall in the 50-yard free (24.83).
Mulcahy was 25th in the 100-yard free (55.60) while Jack Bartel was 24th for the Tigers in the 200 free (2:03.95).