Boardman Tankers at NEAC Conference Championships. Boy’s Team Wins Title. Girl’s Team Tags in at 2nd.
The Boardman Girl’s and Boy’s Swim Teams competed at their NEAC Conference Championships on Saturday January 8th at Wooster Natatorium. This 8 team conference includes Canfield, Wooster, Akron Firestone, Canton GlenOak, Massilon Perry, Massillon Washington, and Boardman.
Boy’s Team Scores: Boardman 388, Wooster 385, Firestone 353, Canfield 280, GlenOak 218, Perry 132, Massillon 125, Warren Harding 108
The Boardman Boys won only 3 out of the 12 events, yet used their depth to win the NEAC Championships. “This conference is a good gauge to see how we rank among the best swimmers in the District. We were extremely proud of how our kids swam as a team! Last year, we lost this meet by 2 points. Our boys were motivated to not let that happen again,” said Coach Cordon of the Spartans. Freshman R.J. Keating won the 11 dive event by scoring a 389.95. “RJ might only be a freshman, but he comes in with a lot of diving experience.” Junior Ethan DunLany placed 1st in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:55.95 and 3rd in the 200 Free (1:50.54). Junior Captain
Caleb Satterfield placed 1st in the 100 Breaststroke (1:02.53) and 2nd in the 200 IM (2:04.68). “This conference meet comes at the right time for our team. We just finished up our two a day practices, and our swimmers were excited to see what hard work can do for them. By the end of the meet, close to 100% of our kids had their lifetime best swims, stated Cordon. Coach Cordon was also named NEAC Boys Coach of the Year by the other coaches in this conference. “I am honored to receive this award from my peers, but it’s definitely a shared award with Coaches Chelsea DeAngelo and Mark Brooks.”
Top 8 finishers include: Captain Carter Cailor 6th in the 200 Free and 6th in the 500 Free, Captain Justin Yocum 5th in the 100 Free and 4th in the 100 Back, Owen Lee 8th in the 200 Free and 3rd in the 100 Butterfly, Sophomore Mason Prosser 6th in the 200 IM and 7th in the 500 Free, Sophomore Vince Tran 4th in 1 meter Diving, and Junior Andrew Yocum 6th in the 100 Backstroke. The Spartan Medley Relay placed 2nd (1:42.59) Justin Yocum, Caleb Satterfield, Owen Lee, and Ethan DunLany, the 200 Free Relay placed 5th (1:36.36) Matthew Amendol, Owen Lee, Andrew Yocum, Carter Cailor, and the 400 Free Relay placed 4th (3:24.29) Justin Yocum, Carter Cailor, Ethan DunLany, and Caleb Satterfield.
The Spartans compete again this Tuesday night in Massillon in a tri-meet versus Perry and Massillon. They will also compete again on Saturday at Warren Harding High School for the AAC Championship Conference Meet.
Girl’s Team Scores: Akron Firestone 458, Boardman 377, Wooster 360, Massillon Perry 216, GlenOak 189, Canfield 142, Massillon 126, Warren Harding 66. The Boardman Girls had an impressive showing against state powerhouse Akron Firestone and Wooster. “Our team depth is our strength. We have a very talented group of girls that are willing and able to swim just about any event. Our goal was to place as many kids as possible in the Top 8 in order to improve our 4th place finish from last season,” mentioned Coach Cordon. Right out of the gate, the Spartan girls placed 2nd in the Medley
Relay right behind Akron Firestone,” Members of this relay included Junior Madison Murphy, Freshman Petra Crnjak, Junior Alexis Mihok, and Freshman Abbi Mihok. The Spartans 200 Free Relay placed 3rd (Murphy, Hayley Ho, Abbi Mihok, and Alexis Mihok), while the 400 Freestyle placed 4th (Morgan Russo, Hayley Ho, Gina DiNapoli, and Petra Crnjak). “Our
Team Captains of Madi Kelso, Ella Huston, Alexis Mihok, and Hayley Ho helped out our younger swimmers by showing them confidence and actually just having fun and racing! They have been tremendous leaders and Coaches Chelsea, Mark, and I are extremely proud of all of them.”
Top 8 Finishers Include:
Junior Madison Murphy 2nd in the 200 Free and 2nd in the 500 Free, Junior Julia Bassta 3rd in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 Breaststroke, Sophomore Morgan Russo 6th in the 200 IM, Senior Hayley Ho 7th in the 50 Free and 5th in the 100 Free, Junior Alexis Mihok 3rd in the 100 Butterfly and 4th in the 100 Backstroke, Freshman Gina DiNapoli 4th in the 100 Butterfly,
Senior Ella Huston 6th in the 100 Butterfly, and 6th in the 100 Backstroke, Freshman Abigail Mihok 6th in the 500 Free, Freshman Petra Crnjak 3rd in the 100 Breast, Sophomore Maddie Mraz 8th in the 100 Breast, and Freshman Lily Warren 5th in the 1 meter Diving.
The Lady Tankers are back in the water Tuesday as they take on Perry and Massillon in a Tri-Meet in Massillon. They will also compete on Saturday January 15th in the AAC Conference Championships at Warren Harding High School.