Area boys swimmers excel in sectional meet

Staff report


It was a record-setting day Friday for area male swimmers who broke at least four sectional records in competition at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.

Boardman senior Ryan Bailey set a record in the 100-yard butterfly and the Canfield 200-yard freestyle relay team of seniors Nicholas Montalto and Mike Cardone, junior Daniel Bogen and sophomore Connor Brady beat the previous record in that event in Division II.

The top two finishers in each event advance automatically to the district meet next week at Cleveland State University. They will be joined by a number of other at-large qualifiers based on times recorded in all the sectional competitions in the district.

Bailey’s record-setting time in the butterfly — 50.85 — beat the old mark of 51.07 set in 2002.

The Canfield 200 freestyle team swam a 1:28.25. The old record was 1:29.06 set in 2009.

Canfield finished second as a team in the Division II sectional to Walsh Jesuit.

Brady won the 100 butterfly event and was second in the 100 backstroke, and Montalto claimed the 100 freestyle and finished second in the 50 freestyle.

The Cardinals also got a winning performance from the 400 freestyle relay team of Brady, Montalto, Bogen and Cardone. The team of sophomore Kyle Anderson and juniors Drew Bennett, Adam Weiss and Michael DiDomenico finished second in the 200 medley relay.

Anderson finished third in the 200 individual medley and Bennet was third in the 500 freestyle.

Ursuline’s John Tomko won the 500 freestyle and was second in the 200 freestyle.

Hubbard senior Joe Spurio claimed second in the butterfly and third in the 200 freestyle.

In Division I, Bailey added a second place in the 100 breaststroke, Fitch senior John Scantling was third in the 500 freestyle, and the Fitch 200 freestyle relay team of Belanger, Scantling, sophomore Steven Edwards and freshman Alex Michael finished third.

In the D-I Akron South sectional, Warren Harding sophomore Dylan Thirion was second in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, and the Raiders’ 200 medley relay team of Thirion, senior Sam Angelo, junior Zackary Williams and freshman Michael Miller was third.

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