The Spartan boys broke the conference and Boardman High School record in the 200 medley relay. Freshmen Matt DunLany and Noah Basista teamed with juniors Kyle Kimerer and Callen Aulizia posted the record breaking winning time of 1:36.64. The time currently ranks them as the third fastest time in the state this season. The conference record time of 1:38.42 was previously set by Canfield in 2008. The previous Spartan school record of 1:38.00 was set at the state meet in 2011 by Steven Brooks, Ryan Bailey, Alex Downie, and Steven Moss. The team scores were as follows: Girls Boardman 508, Wooster 389, Glenoak 355, Massillon Perry 231, Canfield 219, Warren Harding 182, and Massillon Washington 80 Boys Boardman 500, Wooster 414, Canfield 351, Glenoak 216, Warren Harding 193, Massillon Perry 183, Massillon Washington 129.
At the end of the competition the head swimming coaches of all of the teams voted for one boy and one girl to be the “Swimmers of the Meet”. Sophomore Jennah Markovitch and junior Callen Aulizia earned the “Swimmer of the Meet” honors for the Spartans. Both posted double individual wins and double relay wins during the meet.
The diving event was the first event of the conference meet featured 17 boys and girls in an eleven dive format. Boardman placed 1 st (Senior Madi Rast 322.10 points). The Spartan boys were led by senior Dominic Mariano who placed 1 st with a personal best 11 dive score of 399.45 points. Boardman continued to dominate the competition by taking first places in 16 out of the remaining 22 events. Coach Terry O’Halloran commented on the Spartan performances. “Our whole team was motivated to succeed at this meet. Many of our athletes posted personal best times or point totals. We started out strong with our divers placing first. In the first swimming event, the medley relays, our boys smashed the meet and school record. The excitement from our swimmers and parents started to build from there. Junior Sarah Murray dropped 12 seconds from her best time to finish first in the 500 freestyle with the time of 5:42.35 when she was seeded to place in 8th . Sophomore Mikel Flatley dropped 5 seconds off of her personal best 200 IM time and placed first with a time of 2:15.86. Our boys dominated their events. Juniors Callen Aulizia, Kyle Kimerer and freshman Noah Basista are currently ranked in the top 10 in the state in their main swimming events. Our goals now are to keep working together as a team to get stronger and quicker. The state tournament begins in a month from now and we need stay focused and keep up our momentum.” Double NEAC championship event titles were earned by: Callen Aulizia in the 50 (21.71) and 100 free (46.76), Kyle Kimerer in the 100 fly (51.55) and 200 free (1:46.54 personal best), Noah Basista 200 IM (1:58.97 freshman record and personal best) and 100 breast (59.35 freshman record and personal best), Jennah Markovitch 50 free (25.51 personal best) and 100 free (55.63 personal best). Individual NEAC championship titles were earned by Sidney Hull 200 free (2:07.30 personal best), Mikel Flatley 200 IM (2:15.86 personal best), Sarah Murray 500 free (5:42.35 personal best), Matthew DunLany (5:05.64 freshman record and personal best).
The Spartan swim and dive teams compete away this Friday at Massillon Washington and at Warren Harding on Saturday in the 2017 A. A. C. Swimming and Diving Championship Meet.