Coach impressed by Tallmadge girls swimming's season opener

Roger Gordon
Correspondent

The final score in the Tallmadge girls swimming and diving team’s season-opening 102-56 loss Wednesday at Suburban League American Conference rival Kent Roosevelt does not reflect how well the Blue Devils athletes competed, according to Tallmadge head coach Kaela Long.

“We don’t have any divers, and Kent Roosevelt had four or five divers, so they got a ton of points there,” she said.

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“This season we have fewer girls than we had last year, so it’s going to take one or two meets to figure out what relays mesh, go well together and can excel. The girls did very well for the first meet, but they have a lot of room for improvement, and that will get better.”

Freshman Jamie Ries won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 25.51 seconds. Senior Cassie Jeffries finished third with a time of 2:26.95.

“Jamie did well in all of her events,” said Long. “Her events were back-to-back-to back, so I’m incredibly, incredibly proud of her. She definitely pushed herself.”

Senior Hannah Fiume won the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:39.15. Junior Lauren Tan finished second with a clocking of 7:04.15.

“Hannah went into this race with a different mindset than usual,” Long said. “We haven’t had the ability to work on pacing as we normally would have, so she took the advice that we gave her and applied it. We definitely can get her time down quite a bit. It was a good first swim. She was pretty far ahead, so she didn’t really have anybody next to her to race.”

Tan captured the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:18.03. Freshman Frankie Ridenour placed third with a time of 1:37.45.

“It was a good race for Lauren,” said the coach.

Ries, Fiume and Tan teamed with freshman Rachel Tan, Lauren’s sister, to win the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:36.60.

“Last season the best time we had for this event was 4:39.85, and these girls already have that beaten by more than three seconds,” Long said.

Fiume nearly captured the 100 breaststroke, finishing second with a time of 1:21.76.

“The winner from Kent Roosevelt had a time of 1:21.49, so it was extremely, extremely close,” said Long. “The Kent Roosevelt girl out touched Hannah at the end. It was a really good race.”

In the 200 individual medley Rachel Tan finished second with a time of 2:35.93. Ries was third with a clocking of 2:49.15.

Jeffries finished second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:06.61. Freshman Rebecca Riter placed third with a time of 1:08.71.

Rachel Tan finished second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:13.

Tallmadge is scheduled to compete in a double-dual meet against league crossover rivals Cuyahoga Falls and host Twinsburg Saturday.

The Blue Devils are set to travel to conference foe Copley Jan. 13.