Green Swimming is finishing the JV season on a new high where three of it’s swimmers finished on the podium for JV Champs. Grace Vail posted a 7th place finish in the 500 free where Matthew Hippich and Adam Moresea posted 6th and 8th place finishes in the 200 IM. This is the most podium finishes at JV Champs in many seasons.
The following weekend Green Swimmers and Divers showed their talents at OHSAA Canton Sectionals. At Sectionals Green Divers snagged 4th and 11th place for the girls and 6th, 8th and 10th for the boys. Lindsey Ahbe lead Green Women divers with a score of 290.70. Lance Anenson improved his personal best with a score of 280.30. Four of our five divers are moving on to Districts on Wednesday, February 16th at Cleveland State Busbey Natatorium. Girls dive in the morning and Boys in the evening. GOOD LUCK DIVERS!
For the swimmers they faired very well at sectionals with 5 Sectional Champions, 4 second place, 3 third, 3 fourth, 3 fifth, 4 sixth, 4 seventh and 2 eighth place finishes and this is only listing those that placed in the top 8 of their event. There were many other amazing swims. Out of the 53 swim starts for Green Swimming, 28 placed in the top 8. This is 52.8% of their starts!
The meet began with our Girls Medley taking 1st place. Their swim, although slower than their seed time was faster than everyone else. Next up was a nice time drop by Mason Doerrer in his 200 free (2.55 sec improvement). In the women’s 200 IM both Katherine McNeil and Emily Gage had over 3 sec drop each. Up next was the men’s 200 IM where Eric Rohweder dropped a whopping 8.95 seconds. In the 100 Fly, Emerson Zahab posed a Sectional Championship time of 59.35 over Hoover’s Lochridge and Austintown-Fitch’s Direnzo. Also in the fly two women, Makena Miller and Ivana Mijatovic each dropped over 2.5 seconds each. The boys followed with Trent Kingan reaching a personal goal of posting a 57 swim dropping 1.87 seconds. In the 100 Free for the women, Olivia Atkinson had the second massive time drop of the meet with a 7.94 improvement. Next was Tyler Doerrer in the 100 Free. Tyler broke the school record held by Dominic Poletta and a meet record with a sectional championship time of 45. 93. In the 500 free, Johanna DeWolf was the next Green swimmer to post a whopping time drop with a 16.35 second improvement. Following this, Eric Rohweder in the 500 free, posted a second crazy drop of 11.65 seconds for a new personal best. The men’s 200 free relay had amazing split times. Josh Atkinson started the relay with a 24.01 to be followed by 24.15 for Trent Kingan, 22.93 for Daniel Poletta and 23.24 for Mason Doerrer and a 5th place finish. The next notable swims came in the girls 100 breast where Katherine McNeil dropped 3 seconds to take 3rd place. These notable swims are merely a SAMPLING of other time drops, wins, personal bests and in general great competition for Green Swimming.
Next stop for the swimmers is Saturday, February 18th at Cleveland State Busbey Natatorium.
Green Coaches are very proud of the record number of qualifiers to Districts. 4 divers and 19 swimmers is the most that Green has ever moved on to the next level of the championship season. Another notable fact is that Green Swimming and Diving has an athlete qualified in EVERY event of the District Championship for both diving and swimming. This too is a first for Green.
For those curious the difficulty to qualify for districts, only the top 40 girls and top 30 boys out of 42 Division I Northeast Ohio schools. It is a very difficult feat to qualify and is the result of hours spent training in the pool or in the weight room multiplied by many years of dedication. Qualifiers can be found on the NORTHEAST OHIO District site: http://nedab.org/swim-dive-results/
BEST OF LUCK to the DIVERS and SWIMMERS and COACHES this week!