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Poland divers advance to state

In Division II diving, Poland will have a couple of competitors in the state meet.

Junior Carmen D’Alesio is returning to the boys state meet after placing ninth in the district Thursday at Massillon Perry to earn the last state berth.

Junior Kendall Nigh placed third at district Thursday at Perry for the Poland girls, as the top six advanced to state. Both D’Alesio and Nigh own their respective program’s school records in the event.

Howland High School senior Jared Mindek will be competing in his fourth consecutive Division II state swimming and diving championship this week after capturing the 100-yard beaststroke title in 57.18 seconds Friday in the district meet at the Spire Institute in Geneva.

The top two finishers in each swimming event in Divisions I and II automatically qualified to the state meet, which begins Wednesday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton and concludes on Saturday. The Division I district results on Saturday had not been released by press time.

At-large qualifying berths to the state meet will be based on times statewide and will be announced today.

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