Four Spartan Swimmers Qualify for State Tournament
Senior Brooke Bailey and Junior Aaron DunLany Break Three School Records at District Swim Championships
Four Spartan swimmers will be representing Boardman High School for the 16th consecutive year at the 2015 Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Senior Brooke Bailey qualified in the 100 yard breaststroke by placing 3rd at districts in a school record time of 1:05.35 breaking her old mark of 1:05.81 set at last year’s district meet. Bailey place 9th in the 100 butterfly in the time of 59.30. Coach Terry O’Halloran commented on her career as a Spartan swimmer. “Brooke Bailey is a remarkable young woman. Her work ethic is unmatched. She practices with determination and never backs off in a close race. She wins races by working harder at practice than everyone else. She loves to practice and loves the sport of swimming. It doesn’t matter if she is sick or injured because you can’t keep her out of the water. It is not too often that coaches have the privilege to work with an athlete of her caliber. Hopefully Brooke’s work ethic and competitive nature will have a lasting impression on our program.” Brooke will be seeded 10th in breaststroke at the state competition this weekend in Canton. The Spartans also qualified the 200 medley relay in 22nd position at states by posting a season best time of 1:49.83. (Coach O’Halloran) “The 200 medley was the first event at the district meet. How we do in the first event sets the tone for the team for the rest of the meet. Senior Sarah Gonda swam the 50 backstroke in a personal best split of 28.2. Brooke Bailey, our breaststroker, had an outstanding start and posted one of the fastest splits in the state. Junior Corie Kuras swam a personal best split in the 50 fly and held the lead. Senior Amanda Moss anchored with a great freestyle swim. We posted a 1:49.83 and that was good enough to get us to the state meet. The girls were focused on what they needed to do and they did it!” The girls 200 free relay placed 8th in 1:40.95 which just missed the state cut time for this year. Sophomore Logan Mitchell joined Kuras, Bailey, and Moss on the 200 free relay. Kuras place 10th in the 50 freestyle and posted a career best time of 25.06. That time placed her just behind school record holder Ashley Aldan’s time of 24.62. She also placed 24th in the 100 freestyle in a career best time of 56.08. Gonda placed 15th in the 100 backstroke in the time of 1:00.56. She also placed 30th in the 200 individual medley in the time of 2:20.30. Senior Amanda Moss placed 23rd in the 50 freestyle in the time of 25.84.
The Spartan boys were led by junior standout Aaron DunLany who broke two school records. DunLany placed 6th in 500 freestyle in a school record time of 4:50.20. The record time broke the mark of 4:56.96 set in 2003 by Tyler O’Halloran. He also broke O’Halloran’s 2003 school record time of 1:47.54 in the 200 freestyle with an 11th place time of 1:46.83. DunLany was joined by freshmen Kyle Kimerer and Callen Aulizia and senior Tyler Calpin on the 10th place 400 freestyle relay in a season best time of 3:19.47. Aulizia, Kimerer, and DunLany swam with junior Ethan Schwendeman on the 200 free relay. The relay placed 12th in a season best time of 1:31.55. Freshmen Kyle Kimerer and Callen Aulizia were two of the fastest freshman in the district competition. Kimerer reset his freshman school record by placing 13th in the 200 freestyle in the time of 1:49.03. He also posted the best freshman butterfly time of 55.14 and placed 17th. Aulizia posted a career best time and the fastest time by a freshman of 22.49 and placed 14th in the 100 freestyle. He swam a 50.57 in the 100 free and placed 24th. The Spartan 200 medley relay of Tyler Calpin, Andrew O’Nesti, David Zaitzew, and Ethan Schwendeman finished in 20th place in a time of 1:47.19. (Coach O’Halloran) “Our boys have really improved this year. We never expected to go under a 3:20 in the 400 free relay. The boys and the Boardman swim fans were very excited to see a 3:19 in our last event. Qualifying to swim at the Northeast District meet was an eye opening experience for our returning boys. They know now the only pathway to the state meet is to get much stronger and faster.”