Boardman swimmers open the season

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The Spartan swim teams bounced back after a loss at North Canton Hoover (105-80 boys; 103-75 girls) by defeating Wooster, Canfield and Warren Harding at a quadrangular meet at Youngstown State’s Beeghly Natatorium.

At the quadrangular meet the scores for the girls were Boardman - 188, Wooster - 172, Warren Harding - 84 and Canfield - 78. The boys scores were Boardman - 196, Canfield - 156, Wooster - 128 and Warren Harding - 66.

Senior Kyle Kimerer and sophomore Noah Basista were double individual winners at both competitions. Kimerer won both the 200 free (1:47.05, 1:47.29) and the 100 butterfly (51.94, 51.73) events. Basista won both the 200 individual medley (1:59.97, 2:01.35) and the 100 breaststroke ( 100.40, 1:01.43) events. On the girl’s side, senior diver Megan Janak took a first place.

Head Coach Terry O’Halloran commented on the opening weekend performances.

“We are off to a solid start and have high expectations for both of our teams this season,” he said. “Overall our times and scores are better than they were at this time compared to last season. Besides having most of our talented athletes back we also have a very large group of experienced seniors. Team captains Sarah Murray, Ella Hare, Sidney Hull, Hailey Marcus, Callen Aulizia and Kyle Kimerer are excellent senior leaders. Our meet schedule is very busy in December and our two conference championships come early in January so we need to get up to speed as soon as possible.”

There were other double winners at the meet against Wooster, Canfield and Warren Harding. Senior Callen Aulizia won the 50 free (22.22) and the 100 free (49.57). Junior Jennah Markovitch won the 200 individual medley (2:28.01) and the 100 freestyle (57.53). Junior Mikel Flatley took firsts in the 50 free (25.21) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.52). Sophomore Matthew DunLany won the 500 freestyle (5:03.79) and the 100 backstroke (59.28). DunLany, Basista, Kimerer and Aulizia posted two relay wins in the 200 medley relay (1:38.76) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:16.55). Flatley, sophomore Alyssa Dinapoli, junior Alison Kuras and Markovitch won the 400 girl’s free relay (3:57.97). Markovitch, Kuras and Flatley teamed with senior Ella Hare to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.46).

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