FROM STAFF REPORTS
Canton -- Sophomore Broc Miller, representing Aurora High School in the Division II boys state swimming meet, captured 16th place in the 100 butterfly on Feb. 23 at C.T. Branin Natatorium the McKinley High School campus in Canton.
He qualified with a time of 53.47 and swam the finals in 53.78. Josh Quallen of Wilmington won the event in 47.95 to set a state meet record. Bennett Vandertill of Chagrin Falls finished seventh in 52.75.
Miller also participated in the 100 backstroke, but his 56.34 time in the preliminaries failed to qualify him for the finals. Quallen also won that event in a record time of 48.92. Austin Quinn of Chagrin Falls was second in 49.41.
Senior Lauren Steele was the only member of the AHS girls team to qualify for the Division I state met. She swam the 50 freestyle preliminaries in 24.76, but finished with the 19th best time and did not qualify for the finals. The top 16 in preliminaries qualify for the finals. Chase Kinney of Massillon Jackson won the event in a record-setting 22.53.
According to coach Katie Monroe, Miller's preliminary time in the 100 butterfly was a personal best.
"These two individuals gained much experience from this meet; there really is nothing like it in any other swimming world," Monroe said.
"Ohio is one of the fastest state meets in the country, and we're fortunate to have it hosted in Canton at one of the fastest pools.
"Broc, no doubt, will repeat to the state meet in the next two years; it will be a matter of what events he returns in. With experience under his belt, he will set goals and work hard in the off-season.
"Lauren, as a senior, is fortunate to say she had an opportunity to experience the state meet, and if she chooses to swim in college she can add this to her resume."
Cincinnati St. Xavier and Cincinnati St. Ursuline won the Division I boys and girls titles, respectively. Dayton Oakwood won the Division II boys title, while University School, Hawken and Chagrin Falls were second through fourth. Hawken won the Division II girls crown.