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Tiger swimmers perform well at Christmas Inv.

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: December 21, 2016 12:00 AM

Some strong marks were put up on the board for the Twinsburg swimming and diving teams at the 42nd annual Canton Christmas Invitational hosted by Canton McKinley Dec. 17 at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

"The Canton Christmas Invite is the first large invitational meet of the season for the team and team members had to qualify to compete at this meet," said Tiger coach Kirtis Huelsman. "We had more individual qualifiers than in the past with 11 Tigers competing."

In diving competition, the coach was very pleased.

"Sarah McGlumphy, Alyssa McKenzie, and Brad Yates did better at their 11 dives at this meet than they did last year at the district meet," Huelsman said. "Piper Lash and Luke Schiopota earned some of their first experiences at an 11-dive meet format."

With a mark of 329.05, McGlumphy placed eighth overall in Canton.

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McKenzie is another Lady Tiger with post season experience as she was 14th overall with a 272.40. Lash posted a fine score of 205.05.

Yates, a sophomore for the Tigers boys, posted a mark of 286.15, which was 10th overall. Schiopota registered a 148.90.

In the swimming portion, there were some huge performances turned in by both teams.

"Colin Martin, Sam Giardino (13th in the 100 free, 200 free girls), Mitchell Govang (100 backstroke), and Brad Bierworth (50 free) qualified to the finals on individual events," said the coach.

Martin broke school records in the 200 freestyle and 100-yard butterfly at the finals competition.

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In the 100-yard butterfly, Martin placed fifth overall with a record clocking of 53.29 seconds. Martin crossed in the 200-yard free in 1:48.67.

"We all were able to see how more individuals were affected by the status of the large meet and how we need to deal with these meets in the weeks to come for those individuals," said Huelsman.

In upcoming action, Twinsburg hosts Aurora Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.

The Tigers met Stow-Munroe Falls Dec. 14 at home. The girls won 98-88 and the boys fell 107-79.

"I though the girls earned a well-deserved victory over Stow," said Huelsman. "Everyone performed well and fulfilled their roles. Even with Stow winning most of the relay points the team stayed strong mentally and did not give up."

"The close win shows how far the team has come along culturally this season," added the coach.

Stow simply had too much depth in boys action.

"It came down to Stow out-racing us in several key depth positions," he said. "We performed at or close to season best times. Stow just had more boys that were at a level just higher than us in each position."

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