The Stow Monroe Falls boys Swim and Dive Team took the sting out of the Medina Bees with a 118-65 win in the season’s home opener at Akron General Medical Center. At 3-0 over all and 2-0 in the conference Stow sits on top of the River Division. With Medina and Brunswick in the books, the boys still have division powers Cuyahoga Falls and North Royalton to look forward to. After a big win over Western Reserve Academy earlier in the week, the boys didn’t want a let down.
The boys controlled this meet from the get go with strong relays and great efforts in the 200 freestyle and 200 IM. Senior Jacob Earle and junior Cody Vantrease made sure that wasn’t going to happen by leading the scoring for the Bulldogs with first place finishes in their two individual events and relays.
Earle and Vantrease along with senior Cameron Potter and junior Curtis Henry set the tone in the first event, the 200 Medley Relay 1:50.81. In the very next event Vantrease went 1:56.61 to take first in the 200 Free. Earle was less than two seconds off his seedtime as he took first in the 200 IM 2:12.44. In the 100 Free Vantrease looked strong, as he took first with a 50.86. Coach Reese commented, “Cody is right where he should be at this point in the season in this event. He needs to keep pushing forward to get better.” Earle and Vantrease along with Potter and Henry helped their 200 Free Relay beat their seedtime of 1:37.02 with a 1:36.13. Also finishing with a first place and improved time was the 400 Free Relay team of sophomores Max Bauer, Shane Riddle Schuyler Morris and junior Justin Faluotico 3:54.42.
Coach Reese commented, “Jacob and Cody continue to be the leaders on our team, but we have new swimmers on the boys side stepping up every meet. Curtis Henry continues to show improvement and is becoming an important part of our relays, his hard work is paying off. Our underclassmen have all improved tremendously and as a coaching staff this excites us as we move forward through the season.”
Some of those swimmers making those contributions began with the 200 Medley Relay teams of Riddle, Junior Alex Cremer, Bauer and Faluotico 2:00.88 finished third. Faluotico 2:07.96 and Bauer 2:15.92 finished fourth and fifth in the 200 Free. Riddle 2:26 and Cremer 2:37.38 finished third and fourth in the 200 IM. In the 50 Free Potter 23.65, Henry 25.01 and Morris 25.1 took second, third and fourth.
This season we have several new divers and our boys didn’t disappoint. Although Stow didn’t win first the combination of second through fourth points allowed Stow to win the diving event. Seniors Will Sheppard 136.80, Jeff Bryn 106.72 and freshman Kyle Miner 80.25 took second, third and fourth respectively.
In the 100 Fly, Potter 1:03.37, Logan Burgess 1:18.75 and freshman Akiejan Gabbas 1:27.01 went second, third and fourth respectively.
Personal records are always a plus. In the 100 Free Morris dropped over a second with a 56.98. Henry dropped over three seconds for his personal record with a 57.14.
In the 500 Free Riddle 5:46.64 took second. Faluotico 5:49.67 and freshman Isaac Lumley, 6:33.31 took third and fourth.
The 200 Free Relay team of Morris, sophomore Josh Pflug, sophomore Corey Dyer and Cremer finished with a 1:48.03 improving on their seed time of 1:49.58.
Stow went third, fourth and fifth in the 100 Back. Dyer went a 1:08.82, Bauer a 1:09.61 and junior Caleb Studt a 1:10.23. All of those times were personal records.
Cremer1:17.78 and sophomore Wes Terill1:29.28 took third and fourth in the 100 Breast.
Next up St. Eds at Lakewood High School this Saturday, December 22 at 1:00pm