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Tiger swimming dominates Falls in regular season finale

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: February 1, 2017 12:00 AM

With impressive wins over rival Cuyahoga Falls in the regular season finale, the Twinsburg swimming and diving teams unofficially placed fourth in the rugged Suburban League National Conference this winter.

The Tigers boys finished the year 7-3 in meets with a 122-62 win over Falls.

Head coach Kirtis Huelsman saw his girls team defeat Falls 112-74 to finish 5-5, while the young Black Tigers were winless.

Twinsburg is training for the Division I sectional meet at the University of Akron and has some time off.

The boys diving events for sectionals are set for Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. The girls diving events are slated for Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Swimming events are to be held Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.

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"Both teams earned a victory against Cuyahoga Falls and this was a great way to finish the season," noted Huelsman.

Huelsman knows the competition at sectionals will be tough, but he has high hopes.

"We are hoping to have 100-percent best times and advance at least 12 individuals to the District meet," noted the mentor.

The girls' 200-yard medley relay won in 2:03.10 behind sophomore Katie McCoy, sophomore Allison Porach, senior Sanae' Bean-Smith, and junior Sam Giardino.

Giardino led a Tiger sweep in the 200 free with a time of 2:05.84, followed by McCoy at 2:07.59, and senior Elena Kousaie, who touched in 2:14.62.

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In the 100-yard free, Giardino also placed first with a mark of 57.33 seconds.

Senior Sarah McGlumphy won the one-meter diving with a mark of 218.92, just edging junior teammate Alyssa McKenzie, who had a score of 216.82.

Kousaie won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.22. McCoy captured the 500-yard free with a clocking of 5:38.63.

"The girls came from a standpoint of not knowing what to expect for the season as they were figuring out who would be stepping up into each role," explained Huelsman.

"They did really well at establishing a system where everyone has a place and they can rely on each other to do their best for the team to be successful."

Porach placed first against Falls in the 200 IM with a time of 2:33.54 and also won the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:15.37.

The Lady Tiger's 400 free relay won in 4:01.78 behind McCoy, Kousaie, sophomore Angela DeFabio, and Giardino.

"This year was a big jump for the girls coming from only earning two victories last season to being 5-5," said the coach. "the boys finished better last year."

"The boys came into the season with a system for the team established based on previous years," pointed out Huelsman. "They worked to figure out who would step into each place and I think some of the guys surprised themselves with how well they did."

Twinsburg won the 200 boys medley relay was victorious in 1:50.23 behind sophomore Mitchell Govang, junior Zach Dobrski, sophomore Colin Martin, and sophomore Jacob Atienza.

Senior Dylan Bretz won the 200 free in 1:59.85 and junior Brad Bierworth won the 50 free in 23.20 seconds and the 100 free in 52.02.

Led by Govang, Twinsburg had a sweep in the 200 IM. Govang touched in 2:15.16, followed by sophomore P.J. Blayney 2:23.02, and Atienza, who was at 2:24.84.

Sophomore Brad Yates captured the 1-meter diving competition with a mark of 177.15.

Martin won the 100 butterfly in 54.93 ticks and the 100 breast in 1:05.01. Freshman Evan Bartel won the 500 free with a solid time of 5:20.04.

Govang placed first in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.94 while Bartel was second at 1:03.48.

The boys 400 free relay was a winner in 3:37.04 with Bretz, senior Jared Deeds, Govang, and Bierworth.

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