Led by two strong performances from its relays, Canfield capped its season with a solid showing at Friday’s Division II state swim meet.
Boardman junior Ryan Bailey put himself in position for something even bigger at tonight’s Division I meet.
The Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay of Daniel Bogen, Mike DiDomenico, Mark Dalvin and Nick Montalto placed seventh with a time of 3:16.70.
Canfield’s 200 free relay of Connor Brady, Bogen, Montalto and Dalvin placed ninth with a time of 1:28.60. That time was actually the fifth-fastest of Friday’s meet, but because the Cardinals were swimming in the consolation finals (i.e. seeds nine through 16), they could finish no better than ninth.
Bogen, a sophomore, also placed 14th in the 100 free (48.99) and 16th in the 200 free (1:48.83). Brady, a freshman, was 11th in the 100 backstroke (54.06).
Mooney senior Joe Boniface, the only other area Division II swimmer to make the finals, placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (21.58). He’s the first Mooney swimmer to earn a spot on the medal podium.
In Friday morning’s Division I preliminary races, Bailey broke two school records and enters tonight’s final with the fastest time in the 100 butterfly.
Bailey broke his own school record in the butterfly with a time of 49.26 — four-tenths of a second better than his record time at last week’s district meet. Dublin Jerome senior Jake Moore was second in 49.69.
“I was happy with this morning,” said Bailey, who also advanced to tonight’s final in the 100 breaststroke. “There’s a few things I want to change for [tonight] but I did what I needed to do.”
If he wins tonight, he would be the first Boardman swimmer to win a state swimming title since Tyler O’Halloran won the 50 and 100 freestyle as a senior in 2003.
“I’m just trying to swim my own race,” Bailey said. “I try not to let any of that affect me. I’ve been in this position before. Last year I was tied for second [heading into finals].
“I just need to do what I know how to do.”
Coincidentally, Bailey broke O’Halloran’s school-record time of 58.40 in the breaststroke, swimming a 58.17 for the morning’s seventh-best time. Bailey had been seeded 15th entering the morning’s races.
“I was happy to break his record,” Bailey said of O’Halloran, who went on to swim at the University of Texas and whose father, Terry, is Boardman’s head coach. “I talked to Tyler a few minutes ago and he said he was happy for me. He’s sent me quick texts throughout the year.”
When asked if he is now targeting Tyler’s 50 and 100 freestyle marks, Bailey laughed.
“I don’t know about that,” Bailey said. “That’s a little far-fetched.”
How about if you’re wearing flippers?
“It’s going to take a lot more than that,” he said.
Boardman’s 200 medley relay of Alex Downie, Bailey, Alec Santamas and Nick Barone placed 23rd with a time of 1:40.32, three spots behind Warren Harding’s team of Kieran Hernon, Sam Angelo, Vaughn Deuble and Dylan Thirion (1:39.56).
The top eight in each event advanced to finals while spots nine through 16 will swim in the consolation finals. There were 24 in each event.
On the girls side, Boardman’s 200 medley relay of Gaby DeAscentis, Brooke Bailey, Emily Bodamer and Colleen Manning placed 17th with a time of 1:51.43.