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Twinsburg swim teams split meet with Pioneers

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: January 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Training for the post season, Twinsburg swimming and diving teams altered their lineups in the most recent meets against Hudson Western Reserve Academy and Nordonia.

Twinsburg hosted WRA Jan. 21. Coupled with the Jan. 25 meet against Cuyahoga Falls, it will be the final action at home for the Tiger seniors.

"We saw similar results against Western Reserve as we did against Nordonia," said Twinsburg mentor Kirtis Huelsman. "We used this meet more as a checkpoint for our sectional [tournament] lineup. Much of the team was in the events they would compete at the end of the year."

For the Lady Tigers, Twinsburg fell 101-85 to the Pioneers, while the boys won 128-58.

WRA's girls squad captured all of the relay races.

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"The girls put up a great fight in their loss to Western Reserve and one main thing that stuck out was our relay performances," said Huelsman.

"A huge learning point for the team is if we can win at least one relay we have the ability to win a meet," Huelsman added. "In the meets we've lost, we did not win a relay, but in meets we've won, we were able to earn a first-place finish in at least one relay."

For the boys, sophomore Mitchell Govang shattered the school record in the 500 freestyle with a blazing time of 5:10.81.

"Mitchell broke the 500-freestyle record again," said a thrilled Huelsman.

Seniors who competed for the Lady Tigers were Brianna Bober, Elena Kousaie, Sarah McGlumphy, and Sanae' Bean-Smith.

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For the boys, the seniors included veterans Dylan Bretz and Jared Deeds.

"We are where we need to be in our training," pointed out Huelsman. "We are doing a lot of race specific things and it's causing a different kind of soreness than before. We have a few individuals getting season best times by a little bit, which tells us that the training is moving in the right direction at the right pace."

According to Huelsman, the boys earned a win by about 30 points at Nordonia Jan. 20 and the girls were defeated by about 20 points.

"On the boys side, we've been able to mix up everyone's events throughout the year to see what each individual can do and where they can be productive while breaking the monotony of swimming the same events each meet," said the coach.

As for the Lady Tigers, the Tiger staff was able to mix up events for the first time this winter.

"We did this for the first time against Nordonia, and we saw some good results with mixing up the events," he said. "Our first half was sluggish, but the second half both teams brought a high level of energy and performed well."

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