Six Aurora swimmers moving on to district meet

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Five Greenmen boys and one girl will compete in this weekend's Division I and II district swimming meet at Cleveland State University. Three boys will participate in four individual events and four will swim in two relay events.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Anthony Nedelka, Brock Nelson, Nate Branscom and Brian Wessels posted a time of 1:37.85 for sixth place at the University of Akron Division II sectional, while the same boys on the 400 free relay team posted a time of 3:38 for sixth place.

The boys placed 10th out of 34 teams competing at the University of Akron.

Nedelka recorded Aurora's highest individual finish -- eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.48 -- and will advance to the district.

Also advancing to the district are:

Nelson, 14th in the 200 individual medley in 2:14.58 and 16th in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.02; Wessels, 13th in the 50 free in 23.99; and Josh Friedler, 13th in the 500 free in 5:28.82.

Other boys who placed in the top 30 were: Nedelka, 14th in the 500 free in 5:29.04;

Wessels, 18th in the 100 free in 54.06; Branscom, 21st in the 50 free in 24.76 and 17th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.66; Chris Slow, 29th in the 200 free in 2:11.9;

Broc Miller, 29th in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.42 and 26th in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.36; and Friedler, 12th in the 100 backstroke in 2:02.97;

The only girl to advance is Alyssa Mahle in the 100 butterfly. She finished 21st in a time of 1:04.97.

The girls finished in a tie for 14th out of 17 competing teams. Hudson won the sectional title, followed by Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Walsh Jesuit.

"Our girls sectional was the fastest in the state from what I saw, so definitely some of the top competition," said coach Colin Kelly.

The 400 free relay of Hannah Brezovec, Marissa Henderson, Alyssa Mahle and Alle Hayes placed 13th in 4:07.53, the 200 free relay of the same girls was 14th in 1:50.96 and the 200 medley relay of Michaela Haley, Jenny Young, Josie Stummer and Alex Kokinchak was 16th in 2:19.85.

Two other girls finished in the top 30 in individual swimming events -- Marissa Henderson, 23rd in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.98 and 30th in the 200 IM in 2:27.36; and Hayes, 28th in the 200 free in 2:07.71 and 30th in the 100 free in 59.08.

In girls diving, Samantha Sassala led three Aurora participants with a 23rd-place finish with 108.6 points, followed by Gabby Yonkers at 26th with 65.8 and Natalia Nelson at 28th with 65.5. Boys postseason diving commences at the district meet.

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