Both Teams Win AAC Conference Titles for the 6th Straight Year. Boardman Swimmers Set New Marks

Girls’ Team Scores: Boardman 534, Canfield 451, Howland 278, Austintown 266, Warren Harding 179, Liberty 142

The Spartan Swimmers won their 6th straight AAC Conference Championship with an impressive TEAM performance. “In order to have a chance to win this Championship meet with our girl’s team, each athlete had to contribute and score. Some younger swimmers were asked to step up and swim events they have never tried before. Coach Chelsea has worked very hard with our developmental group and these kids became a pivotal part of this win,” mentioned Coach Cordon.

Leading off for the Spartans was senior diver Madison Ricciuti with a first place finish and a new BHS school record for an 11 dive meet with a score of 418.85. The old record of 406.80 was set back in 2018 by Megan Janak. “Madi has been working incredibly hard this year on the boards. She is a competitor, and willing to do extra things for the team. She even swam an event (100 backstroke) for team points, an event she has only tried during summer swim league,” commented Cordon. Senior Anna Olivier and freshman Abby Russo placed 4th and 9th to give the Spartans a lead going into the swimming portion of the meet.

Off the blocks, the Spartans were led by double event winner and 1st Team AAC Alexis Mihok (fr) who won the 200 freestyle and setting a new AAC Conference record and rebreaking her own freshman record by crushing the old time set just last year (2:05.05 Sydney Schuler of Canfield) by over 5 seconds. Alexis’s new mark of 1:59.35 places her 2nd All-Time on the Spartan’s All-Time 25 list. Alexis also re-broke her own freshman record by placing 1st in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.59. Also placing 1st and winning the AAC 1st Team Awards are seniors Alyssa DiNapoli winning the 50 yard freestyle (25.64), and senior Abby Yocum won the 100 breaststroke event in a time of 1:13.03.

The Spartans 400 Freestyle Relay members of Casey Wert, Ava Velasquez, Allison Schwendeman, and Ella Huston placed 1st with a time of 4:04.31. These same 4 girls had incredible races in the individual events with Wert placing well in the 50 and 100 Free, Huston getting PR’s in her 100 Fly and 100 Back, Schwendeman in the sprint events, and Velasquez, who has become a complete and well rounded swimmer.

Other Top 3 places include: 2nd place finishes in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay (Mihok, Varga, Yocum, DiNapoli), Abby Yocum 2nd place in the 200IM (2:32.23), Sarah Varga (sr) 2nd place in the 100 Fly (1:05.85), Alyssa DiNapoli 2nd in the 100 Free (56.01), and Julia Basista (fr) 2nd in the 100 Breast (1:13.36). “Coach Chad had our girl’s team fired up after each event and they swam as a complete TEAM. Our Team captains Alyssa DiNapoli, Madi Ricciuti, Ty Williams, Abby Yocum, and Sarah Varga had our girls pumped! With our girls only winning 6 out of the 12 events, we had to rely on the depth of our team and the desire of our younger swimmers to contribute to the effort and they did. Kids such as Ireland Parker swimming the 200 IM, Aadia Brinkley in the 100 Fly, Gaby Pantaleo and Bella Lonsway in the 500 Free, and Olivia Pickens in the 200 Free and 100 Breast, and Madison Kelso in the IM and Breast…these were all important races and they scored for the team. This was a complete team effort and win,” stated Coach Cordon.

Boys’ Team Scores: Boardman 589.50, Warren Harding 317, Canfield 309,
Austintown Fitch 259.50, Howland 42, Liberty 31, Brookfield 7

The Spartan Boys put on a dominating performance and won their 6th straight AAC conference title by winning 9 out of the 12 events. “Our boys were coming off last week’s NEAC conference win and we put in some hard training this week. Our senior boys keep working toward their end-of-season goals and are swimming tired. We were still very impressed with how well they swam,” mentioned Coach Cordon.

Teddy Anzevino led all the divers with a 1st place finish and a score of 491.90 and narrowly missing the pool record by a mere 11 pts. “Teddy is an incredible athlete and is showing more confidence when trying new dives. This is going to help him during our tournament stretch of the season.” Caleb Austin placed 3rd on the boards with a score of (207.80).

In the swimming portion of the meet, the Spartans dominated. Winning the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:29.33 was senior Noah Basista, senior River Flatley, senior Matthew DunLany, and senior Will Linker. The 400 Free Relay placed 1st with a time of 3:21.20 and included members Will Linker, senior Jordan Stackpole, Matthew DunLany, and Noah Basista. These 5 senior boys have been working incredibly hard this season and have challenged each other to continually get better. They have been good mentors for the younger swimmers. The Boardman “B” 400 Free relay with members Andrew Yocum (fr), Ethan DuLany (fr), Justin Yocum, (so), and Caleb Satterfield (fr) placed 3rd and narrowly missed 2nd behind Austintown “A” relay by 1 second. Although this relay does not place, they were excited to swim in the A heat with our senior boys. This group of young boys are exciting to watch and are beginning to understand the tradition of what it means to be a Spartan Swimmer.

Double Event Winners and AAC 1st Team Awards include: Will Linker who won the 200 free (1:50.47) and the 100 free (49.80), and Noah Basista in the 200 IM (1:56.41) and the 100 butterfly (51.89).

Single Event Winners and AAC 1st Team Awards include: Matthew DunLany in the 500 Free (5:02.08), and River Flatley in the 50 Free (22.76).

Other Top 3 Places include: Jordan Stackpole 2nd in the 200 Free (1:52.12), Ethan DunLany 3rd in the 200 Free (1:56.99) and 2nd in the 500 Free (5:12.14), Matthew DunLany 3rd in the 100 Fly (52.58), River Flatley 2nd in the 100 Back (55.12), and Siman Mascola 3rd in the 100 Breast (1:06.29).