Two Aurora swimmers going to state in three events

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Cleveland -- Two Greenmen swimmers will head to the state meet in Canton this weekend.

Lauren Steele qualified for the Division I girls meet in the 50 freestyle and Broc Miller qualified for the division II boys meet in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Aurora took 11 swimmers to the district last weekend, the most who have ever qualified, according to coach Katie Monroe. "That's 37 percent of the team," she noted.

Steele, a senior, placed fifth in the 50 free in 24.41. Chase Kinney of Massillon Jackson won the event in an even 23 seconds. She finished eighth in the 100 free in 54.15. Monroe said she broke her own school records in both events

Miller, a sophomore, finished seventh in the 100 backstroke in 55.53. Austin Quinn of Chagrin Falls won it in 50.02. Miller also was seventh in the 100 butterfly in 53.55. Joe Spurrio of Hubbard won the event in 51.99.

Miller broke his own school record set last year in the 100 backstroke, and broke a 10-year-old butterfly record.

Aurora's girls compiled 25 points to place 25th. Hudson won the district title, followed by Solon, Walsh Jesuit Massillon Jackson and Akron Firestone.

Other results for the girls were Alyssa Mahle placing 33rd in 100 butterfly in 1:05.78, close to her personal best of 1:05.4.

"She gained valuable experience swimming at this level as a freshman," said Monroe. I expect she will begin training for her summer long course season and come back next year prepared to qualify in two events."

The Aurora boys compiled 50 points to finish 14th. University School was first, followed by Hawken, Walsh Jesuit, Chagrin Falls and Canfield.

AHS took nine boys to the district meet.

Other results for the boys were: 400 free relay of Anthony Nedelka, Miller and Brandon and Austin Hayes, 11th in 3:29.27; 200 free relay of A. Hayes, Ricky Vincik, Brock Nelson and Brian Wessels, 17th in 1:38.26; Josh Friedler, 30th in 500 free in 5:36.09; Nelson, disqualified in the 200 individual medley; A. Hayes, 21st in 100 free in 50.44; A. Hayes, 11th in 200 free in 1:49.75 (a school record); Nedelka, 27th in 200 free in 1:54.92; 200 medley relay of Miller, Nate Branscom, Nedelka and Wessels, 13th in 1:49.4; and Matthew Winkler, 18th in diving with 73.75 points.

"Overall, I am very proud of our athletes; they worked hard all season long and it showed in the postseason," said Monroe.

"Eight of our 11 swimmers who qualified forthe district meet are underclassmen. If these athletes come back next season prepared and ready to work, and push thmselves and their teammate, there is no reason we cannot have even more success next season."

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