Spartan Swim Team Results
12-22-13 Canton City Schools Christmas HS Invitational Swim Meet
12-18-13 Hubbard Swim Meet
Spartan Juniors Gonda and Bailey Shine at Canton Christmas Swim Invitational
Sarah Gonda broke the school record in the 100 yard backstroke while winning the consolation finals and placing 9th overall. Brooke Bailey placed 3rd in the finals of the 100 yard breaststroke at the 10th Annual Canton City Schools Christmas Invitational Swim Meet held at C. T. Branin Natatorium on December 21st. There were 109 high school teams from across Ohio represented at the meet. Gonda and Bailey were joined by Seniors Jessica Hilk and Jordyn Markovitch on the Spartan 5th place medley relay team. The girls clocked in at a season best time of 1:53.09 in the 200 yard medley relay. Sarah Gonda’s backstroke time of 1:00.92 broke the school record time of 1:01.12 that was set by Gaby DeAscentis in 2012. Brooke Bailey’s had a career best time of 1:07.43 while placing third in the 100 yard breaststroke. She also place 14th in the 100 butterfly in the time of 1:00.64. Jordyn Markovitch won the bonus heat in the 100 yard freestyle and placed 18th overall with the time of 56.49. Coach Terry O’Halloran had this to say about the meet and the Spartan performances. “The Canton Christmas Invitational is the first meet of the season that brings together a lot of the fastest swimmers and best divers in Ohio. The prelim / final format, the location, and the overall competition models the state meet in February. We were pleased with how our girls stacked up against many of the top swimmers in Ohio. Experience counts when you reach the evening finals and we have it this year. Brooke, Sarah, and Jordyn took control of their individual races from start to finish. All four girls on the medley relay were fired up had their best splits. Positive team chemistry goes a long way in this sport.”
Boardman Swimmers Take Both Sides of the Swim Meet Against Hubbard. Spartans Take 20 out of 24 First Places.
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Senior Jordyn Markovitch, Juniors Brooke Bailey and Tyler Calpin, and Sophomore Aaron Dunlany all posted double individual wins at the Hubbard Meet on December 18th. Markovitch won the 200 Freestyle (2:07.59) and the 100 Freestyle (58.18). Bailey captured first in the 200 Individual Medley (2:19.82) and the 100 Butterfly (1:01.36). Calpin placed first in the 200 Individual Medley (2:13.15) and the 100 Backstroke (1:02.25). Dunlany won the 200 Freestyle (2:00.90) and the 100 Freestyle (54.68). Other individual winners were as follows: Freshman Madison Rast in the 1 Meter Diving (150.35 pts.), Freshman Dominic Mariano in the 1 Meter Diving (150.55 pts.), Senior Jessica Hilk 50 Freestyle (27.13), Senior Noura Azeem 500 Freestyle (6:19.03), Junior Kelsey Stutz in the 100 Breaststroke (1:18.97), and Sophomore Andrew O’Nesti in the 100 Breaststroke (1:15.51). Coach Terry O’Halloran commented on some of the meet highlights. “Our new Freshman divers, Madison Rast and Dominic Mariano have made excellent progress since the beginning of the season in November. Coach Ron Navarra has brought them on quickly. They already have moved on from a six dive program to working on an eleven dive program that will qualify them to compete in a championship meet. They are hard workers and good athletes. Our boys’ team is starting to gel. All of them are underclassmen and seven are brand new to varsity swimming. Our Junior Captains, David Zaitzew and Tyler Calpin are excellent leaders and have been a big part of the team coming together. Our experienced swimmers are improving and we see some exciting talent coming out of our new group.”
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The Spartans will be back in the competitive pool after the New Years at the Northeast Aquatic Conference Championships at Wooster High School on January 4th. The eight team conference includes Wooster, Canfield, Warren Harding, Kent, Massillon Washington, Perry, and Glenoak.