The youthful Twinsburg High boys and girls swimming teams continued to get good work in and show improvement as the program prepares for the Division I post season.
On Jan. 18, Twinsburg competed well against a solid Stow program. The boys team lost 125-61 to the Bulldogs and the Lady Tigers fell 117-69 to Stow.
"The team as a whole performed well," said head coach Kirtis Huelsman. "Our divers also really helped us by being in the top three for our boys and girls."
One-meter diving results saw the Tiger boys post a sweep against Stow with the top three scores.
Sophomore Jumal Afzal won with a mark of 139.56 as he edged junior teammate Ryan Pleau (138.52). Freshman Adam Kane was third at 126.97.
In girls' diving action, junior Hannah McKenzie won with a score of 162.00 and Brittany Handel was second with a mark of 152.40.
Senior Sam Stauffer posted a victory for the Lady Tigers as she won the 100-yard butterfly. Stauffer's time was 1:06.44.6 as she had splits of 31.66 seconds and 34.78.
Twinsburg scored well in the boys and girls 500 freestyle. Junior Minnie Catalano was second at 6:21.31 while senior Alex Horvath crossed second for the boys with a strong clocking of 5:38.44.
The girls' 200 medley relay was second (2:07.32.4) behind senior Elizabeth Schafer, senior Rebekah Watson, senior Brooke Calvetta, and Stauffer.
Stauffer and Calvetta swam two-three in the 50 freestyle. Stauffer's time was 26.85 seconds and Calvetta was at 27.40.
Sophomore Josh Vargo was second overall in the 50 free with a clocking of 25.08 seconds.
Two more youngsters for the boys -- sophomore Nick Hinkle and freshman Matt Olson, also fared well. Hinkle was second in the 100 butterfly at 1:13.02 and Olson was runner up in the 200 individual medley at 2:29.83.
The boys 400 freestyle relay was second with a time of 3:57.02. This cast included junior Colin Duffy, freshman Joey Giardino, Horvath, and junior Phillip Shvartsman.
Twinsburg's girls also were second in the 400 free relay (4:03.53) with Schafer, Calvetta, Watson, and Stauffer. The 200 free relay was second as well with a time of 1:52.20. This group had sophomore Olivia Vargo, junior Julie Tompkins, freshman Jessica Peffer, and freshman Emily Lightner.
"As a team we are at a point in the season where these dual meets are checkpoints in the training as we get ready to rest for the OHSAA State Tournament," said Huelsman.
Twinsburg will compete in the Akron North Division I sectional swimming and diving meet on Feb. 4 at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.
"We are doing well while swimming sore, which will play an important role in the swimmers perception on how they feel in the water next month when they are appropriately rested," said Huelsman.