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Tiger swimmers end season at district meet

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: February 22, 2017 12:00 AM
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It's not easy making the cut for the state swimming and diving championships.

The Twinsburg High boys and girls swimming and diving programs each had some of their finest performances that the teams have had this entire season at the Division I district championships at Cleveland State University.

To reach the State Division I Championships at Canton's C.T. Branin Natatorium, the Tigers had to compete against some of the top talent in the area at the CSU Districts, Feb. 16 for diving and the Feb. 18 swimming sessions.

Twinsburg did not have any state qualifiers and placed 18th overall with 34 points.

Sophomore Colin Martin came close for the Tiger's boys squad in the 200-yard freestyle race.

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Martin touched fifth overall with a blazing school record time of 1-minute and 44.78 seconds, easily crushing his seed time of 1:51.60.

The talented Martin just missed making the state tournament as Stow-Munroe Falls' Cornelius Cremer got the last berth at 1:44.47.

In addition, Martin also placed ninth in the 100 butterfly. He easily beat seed time again (54.37) with a time of 52.33 seconds. The 52-second mark was the standard for state qualification.

For the girls, senior Sarah McGlumphy missed a state berth as she placed 10th overall in one-meter diving. Her mark was 316.10 as the final state diving berth went to Brecksville's Madison Reed (327.20).

Twinsburg junior Sam Giardino had an incredible day for the Lady Tigers.

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Giardino touched 10th overall in the 100 freestyle at CSU by breaking a Twinsburg record of 55.57 seconds.

In the 200 free, Giardino blazed to a 10th-place effort in 2:01.57.

Junior Alyssa McKenzie placed 15th in diving. Her score was 297.15.

After five rounds of diving, McGlumphy was fifth overall and McKenzie was seventh.

Sophomore Katie McCoy registered a 16th-place showing in the 500 free with a time of 5:30.60.

McCoy also placed 20th in the 200 free with a 2:03.59.

Senior Elena Kousaie also fared well in her final meet.

Kousaie was 27th in the 500 free with a clocking of 5:37.86. In the 100 butterfly, she was 28th in 1:04.57.

Twinsburg's 400 free also performed well as they were 15th with a time of 3:51.30.

Making up the relay was McCoy, Kousaie, sophomore Angela DeFabio, and Giardino. Their time was very close to a new school record.

In diving, sophomore Piper Lash was 27th (268.80) and sophomore Allison Porach gained experience in the 100 breast stroke, where she was 30th with a time of 1:13.23.

Led by Martin, the boys were 20th overall with 26 points at CSU.

Sophomore Brad Yates finished 14th in 1-meyter diving on Feb. 16 with a mark of 340.05.

The Tiger's 200-yard medley touched 17th overall in 1:45.11 with sophomore Mitchell Govang, sophomore Zach Dobrski, Martin, and junior Brad Bierworth.

Twinsburg's 400 free relay was 18th with a mark of 3:25.41. The team had Martin, senior Dylan Bretz, Govang, and Bierworth.

Bierworth reached districts in the 50 free and 100 free. He was 26th in in the 50 free (22.84) and 29th in 100 free with a 51.30.

Govang placed 29th in the 500 free with a clocking of 5:12.72.

Twinsburg's boys placed sixth overall out of 14 schools at the sectional with 141 points. The girls squad was eighth out of 15 teams and were only 18 points out of sixth place.

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