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Twinsburg swimming teams sweep Aurora to close out 2016

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: December 30, 2016 12:54 PM

As the Twinsburg swimming and diving teams look towards the final phase of the season, the Tigers posted wins over neighboring rival Aurora.

Head coach Kirtis Huelsman saw his boys squad post a 123-59 win Dec. 28 over Aurora while the girls unit was impressive in a 105-81 victory.

Twinsburg was able to use a variety of athletes in some different events in the win over the Greenmen.

"We were able to put more of the utility players in starting roles, which allowed them to step up," said Huelsman.

 In upcoming action, Twinsburg hosts Wadsworth Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. and then the Suburban League Championships are set for Jan. 5 at Twinsburg and Jan. 7 for the swimming championships at the University of Akron, hosted by Wadsworth.

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"The team is in a good place where they are beat up from the training, but are also getting season best times," said Huelsman.

"Right now, everything is looking good moving forward for the Suburban meet and the end of the season," he added.

In boys action, Twinsburg posted a sweep in the 100-yard freestyle race. Sophomore Colin Martin touched first in 49.95 seconds, followed by junior Dylan Bretz, who was timed at 56.57 ticks, and sophomore P.J. Blayney was third in 57.22.

Another Tiger sweep came in the 100-yard backstroke as Martin touched first in 1:00.95, junior Brad Bierworth came in at 1:04.53, and freshman Max Rodin was third in 1:09.83.

The Tigers' 200-yard medley relay won in 1:56.26 with Rodin, junior Chad Abrams, Martin, and Bierworth.

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In the 100-yard breaststroke, junior Zach Dobrski won with a clocking of 1:10.70.

Sophomore Mitchell Govang won the 200-yard IM in 2:21:38 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:37.17.

Freshman Peter Abrams won the 100-yard butterfly race with a mark of 1:06.97 to beat Aurora's Gunnar Meyer (1:07.65).

Senior Jared Deeds swam second in the 200 IM in 2:26.94. Abrams was second in the 50-yard free in 26.28 seconds.

Sophomores Brad Yates and Luke Schiopota placed second and third, respectively, in the 1-meter diving competition. Yates had a strong score of 191.50 and Schiopota had a mark of 119.77.

For the girls squad, Elena Kousaie captured the 500-yard freestyle race for the Lady Tigers as the senior posted a season-best time of 5:51.80.

The 400-yard freestyle relay won with a time of 4:05.47. This group had sophomore Katie McCoy, Kousaie, sophomore Angela DeFabio, and junior Sam Giardino.

Senior Sarah McGlumphy and junior Alyssa McKenzie finished 1-2 in the 1-meter diving competition. McGlumphy registered a score of 204.82 and McKenzie put up a mark of 180.90.

Sophomore Allison Porach captured the 100-yard butterfly race with a strong clocking of 1:09.95. Senior Sanae' Bean-Smith was second at 1:13.47.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Twinsburg had a 1-2 finish with McCoy touching first with an impressive time of 1:08.62 and freshman Madison Zelenka placing second with a time of 1:08.67.

Giardino also placed second in the 200 yard IM in 2:31.04.

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