Twinsburg swimmers show progress in meet vs. Kenston

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published:

The youthful Twinsburg swimming program isn't concerned with wins or losses at this point of the season, but rather the focus is on gradual improvement for training.

Under first-year head coach Kirtis Huelsman, the Tigers boys and girls teams hosted a meet against Chagrin Falls Kenston on Dec. 28.

In girls' action, the Bombers won 114-72, while the boys posted a 109-68 victory.

"Overall, the team performed right around where we expected them to be," said Huelsman. "It is tough to come off a long holiday break into a rigid training schedule which is why some of our swimmers experienced limited time improvements, but for others it helped their bodies recover, allowing for seasonal best swims."

Twinsburg graduated a strong senior class from last year's unit plus with a new staff, has lower numbers this winter due to pay-to-participate sports fees.

Coming away with a first place for the Lady Tigers was senior Elizabeth Schafer, who won the 200-yard freestyle with a clocking of 2:08.38.

Schafer beat Kenston's Sophie Kocheff (2:13.60) with split times of 30.01 seconds, 31.94, 32.99, and 33.44 seconds. Twinsburg senior Brooke Calvetta took third in the 200 free at 2:17.36.

The other first came in the boys' one-meter diving competition as sophomore Jumal Afzal won with a score of 172.88.

"Our divers also really supported the team putting up some personal best scores of the season," said Huelsman.

In the girls' one-meter diving, junior Hannah McKenzie placed second overall while senior Brittany Handel was third.

Twinsburg scored heavy in the girls 50-yard freestyle. Senior Sam Stauffer swam second at 27.28 seconds while senior Rebekah Watson was fourth (28.27) and freshman Emily Lightner was fifth (29.08).

Stauffer and Calvetta took second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly. Stauffer was timed at 1:08.76 and Calvetta's time was 1:08.78.

In the 100-yard backstroke, junior Devin Farmiloe was a runner-up at 1:09.48. Also scoring was junior Meghan Ulisse (fifth at 1:17.95) and freshman Mackenzie Cain (sixth, 1:34.30).

The Tiger boys scored strong in taking second, third, and fourth in the 200-yard free.

Junior Phillip Shvartsman was second overall with a clocking of 2:05.99, followed by senior Alex Horvath (2:06.55), and junior Nate Flauto (2:21.49).

Also scoring well was the girls' relay events.

The 200 medley included Farmiloe, Watson, Stauffer, and Schafer. The 200 freestyle relay was timed at 1:57.23 behind junior Julie Tompkins, freshman Jessica Peffer, Lightner, and junior Mary Claire Chester.

With a time of 4:05.15, the 400-yard freestyle relay was second with Stauffer, Schafer, Calvetta, and Watson.

In the 100 free, Chester took third overall with a time of 1:04.86 while junior Becca Cain was fifth (1:13.30).

Schafer swam third in the 500 free with a mark of 5:49.66. Tompkins was fourth (6:11.68), and sophomore Meredith Nock was fifth (6:42.40).

Twinsburg posted another 3-4-5 finish in the 100 breaststroke with Chester (1:22.63), Tompkins (1:22.71), and Watson (1:23.39).

Farmiloe grabbed a third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:40.54. Nock was fifth (2:52.09). Junior Kaitlin Peffer was fifth in the 200 free (2:31.72).

In boys' action, junior Colin Duffy placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a clocking of 1:16.90.

The Tigers scored well in the 500 free as Horvath was second with a time of 5:50.40, followed closely by Shvartsman at 5:51.39. Flauto was fifth (6:00.54).

"This was a great meet to gauge our training and prepare us for the NOC Championships," said Huelsman.

In relays, the boys' 200 medley was led by sophomore Josh Vargo, Duffy, Shvartsman, and freshman Matt Olson.

The 200 freestyle relay was timed at 1:47.51 with Shvartsman, Horvath, Olson, and Vargo. The 400 freestyle crew was clocked at 4:13.34 with Flauto, Duffy, Horvath, and freshman Joey Giardino.

Olson took third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:36.75 while sophomore Sathvik Ravindran was fourth at 2:37.51.

In the 100 butterfly, Giardino was third (1:16.35) and sophomore Nick Hinkle was fourth (1:20.47).

Twinsburg took 3-4-5 in the 100 free and in the 100 backstroke.

Touching third in the 100 free was Duffy (1:00.65), followed by junior Adam Ruhe (1:03.17), and freshman Parker Kelly (1:08.51). Vargo was third in the 100 backstroke with a 1:13.76, Kelly was fourth (1:19), and sophomore Zack Johnson was fifth (1:23.38).

Placing fourth in the 50 free was Giardino (26.45) and Ruhe finished fifth at 26.99 seconds. Ravindran took fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.79.

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