Several Aurora High swimmers headed to district meet

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Aurora -- A handful of Greenmen boys and girls swimmers qualified for the district meet this weekend at Cleveland State University. In addition, a couple of girls relay teams set school records.

The boys squad placed fourth out of 18 teams at the sectional meet at the University of Akron, while the girls finished 15th out of 16. Walsh Jesuit and Canfield were the top two boys teams and Hudson and Walsh were one/two for the girls.

Moving on to the next level for the boys are the 200 medley relay of Broc Miller, Brock Nelson, Brian Wessels and Austin Hayes (third in 1:48.87), the 200 free relay of Ricky Vincik, Nedelka, Nelson and Wessels (sixth in 1:38.76) and the 400 freestyle relay of Anthony Nedelka, Brandon Hayes, Miller and A. Hayes (fourth in 3:32.52).

Participating in individual district events will be Miller in the 100 butterfly (third in 54.97) and 100 backstroke (third in 56.49); A. Hayes, sixth in 200 freestyle (1:52.22) and ninth in 100 free (51.95); Nedelka, ninth in 200 free (1:54); Josh Friedler, 12th in 500 free (5:32.76); and Nelson, 11th in 200 individual medley (2:18.03).

Heading to the Division I district for the girls are Alyssa Mahle in the 100 butterfly (18th in 1:05.46) and Lauren Steele in the 50 (seventh in 25.17) and 100 (ninth in a school record 55.63) frees.

The 200 medley relay of Hannah Haughey, Kelly Fussner, Mahle and Steele finished 10th in 2:00.96, but did not qualify.

Setting another school record was the 400 free relay of Hannah Brezovec, Alexandria Hayes, Alix Kokinchak and Steele (3:59.14).

"The boys had awesome swims, while the girls had some incredible swims," said coach Katie Monroe.

"FOR THE boys, the field was incredibly fast compared with years past; times that would have made it to district in 2012 did not even qualify this year. Eighty-eight percent of our boys had personal bests, and the boys dropped a total of 70 seconds in their individual swims and the three relays dropped 9 seconds."

Jake Glockner had the biggest drop (12 seconds) in his 200 free, and Henry Young dropped 5 seconds in the 200 free and 6 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.

The girls dropped a total of 95.5 seconds in individual swims and 27 seconds in the three relays. A similar 88 percent of girls also had personal bests. "I couldn't be more pleased with the girls," said Monroe.

Jenny Young took 17 seconds off her 500 free and Kokinchak dropped 9 seconds. Jessica Ramsey dropped 3.5 seconds from her backstroke, Fussner 4 seconds from her 100 free and Hayes 8.5 seconds off her 200 free and 4 seconds off her 100 free.

Sammie Nutting dropped 10 seconds from her 200 free and Cameron Goldston 12 seconds, while the largest drop was the 400 free relay team (15 seconds).

"After the successful dual meet season we completed, and swimmers dropping time week after week I wasn't sure how the end of the season was going to work out," said Monroe.

"We taper the swimmers, and some take it more seriously than others. Swimmers are a bit of a different athlete when it comes to training. As a coach you can only hope and pray that each swimmer will come out ahead in February after four months of hard training.

"I am extremely happy with this group of athletes and confident they will continue to do well."

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