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Aurora Greenmen swimmers/divers in action

Girls second, boys sixth in SLAC meet, beat Revere

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 11, 2017 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- The Greenmen swimming and diving teams turned in six Suburban League American Conference first-place efforts at the meet Jan. 7 at the University of Akron.

Aurora girls finished second behind Copley in the American Conference -- they were fourth last year -- and fifth overall, while the boys were sixth in the conference and 14th overall.

Fifteen teams competed in the American and National conferences.

Drew Albrecht captured the boys American Conference championship, beating seven other divers. It was the second year in a row that he took first place. For the girls, Kylie Palian was first in the conference among four divers.

Lara Ketonen won two American Conference events -- the 100 freestyle in 54.24 and 50 free in 24.51.

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Other first-places for the Greenmen were: the girls 200 medley relay of Ketonen, Whitney Lieberth, Marissa Henderson and Abbey Stechler (2:00.87) and Lieberth in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.6).

Katie Stover was second in women's diviing and third were Paulina Galchenko in 500 free (6:02.04), the girls 200 free relay of Ketonen, Lauren Sapochetti, Madeline Schmitt and Stechler (1:47.62) and the girls 400 free relay of Galchenko, Henderson, Schmitt and Sapochetti (4:08.41).

Finishing fourth were Sapochetti in the 200 individual medley (2:31.6) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.45), Galchenko in the 200 free (2:15.1, while fifth were the boys 200 medley relay of Alex Bailey, Tyler Hayes, Gunnar Meyer and Nicholas Belofsky (2:02.8) and boys 200 free relay of Meyer, Hayes, John Bender and Belofsky (1:47.45).

"There were a lot of season bests, personal bests and great fast swimming in the league meet," said coach Amanda Marlow. "This is the perfect meet to set us up for sectionals in just over a month at the same pool. We know that sectionals will have even better results."

Earlier in the week, the girls and boys teams beat Revere, winning several events.

Taking first for the girls were: 200 medley relay of Ketonen, Lieberth, Henderson and Stechler (2:03.47), Galchenko in 200 free (2:19.03) and 500 free (6:10.51), Henderson in 200 IM (2:34.89) and 100 free (1:03.97), Ketonen in 50 free (25.84) and 100 backstroke (1:10.4), Sapochetti in 100 butterfly (1:10.82), 200 free relay of Ketonen, Galchenko, Julia Brezovec and Stechler (1:53.9) nd Lieberth in 100 breaststroke (1:16.79).

Taking first for the boys were: Tyler Liston in 200 free (2:00.2) and 200 free relay of Liston, Bender, Hayes and Belofsky (1:47.48).

The Greenmen will travel to Simmons Natatorium tonight (Jan. 11) to face Copley in Suburban League action and to Spire Institute on Jan. 20 to face Mentor.


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