The “Five Guys” of Boardman Swimming… River Flatley, Jordan Stackpole,
Matthew DunLany, Will Linker, and Noah Basista capped off a great season by placing 17th overall in the Division 1 Swimming State Championships. Noah Basista finished off his career as a Spartan by making podium in two events during finals. In his first individual race, Noah placed 8th in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 50.70. In his second individual race of the night, Noah placed 7th in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 56.45. Matthew DunLany swam individually in the 100 butterfly event and placed 22nd with a time of 51.71. Moving up during prelims and placing 12th in the consolation finals in the 200 Medley Relay (1:36.05) were River Flatley, Noah Basista, Matthew DunLany, and Will Linker. This relay is considered to be All-Ohio for placing top 16. The 400 Freestyle relay also made some moves and finished 13th in consolation finals with a time of 3:09.90. This relay also went All-Ohio. Members of this relay include Will Linker, Jordan Stackpole, Matthew DunLany, and Noah Basista.
As a team, Boardman placed 17th in Division 1 swimming. Winning the state championship is private school Cincinnati Saint Xavier. “We were very proud with how well our boys finished at the State meet and throughout the whole season. Some of these schools at the State meet are good enough to defeat some college teams. The level of talent in some of these private schools is amazing. However, this is what motivates us to want to get better,” mentioned Coach Cordon. “All of these boys are seniors and will be moving on to collegiate swimming next season. We are asked all
the time how will we replace them. This won’t be easy…These boys have been a part of our summer swim clubs and have raced and trained together for many years. We can’t replace them, but hope the next batch of young athletes that are training at our summer clubs and winter teams will have the same motivation and desire to reach the heights that these boys did.”