The Stow-Monroe Falls Girl’s Swim and Dive Team competed in the Northeast Ohio Conference Championships at Robert F. Busbey Natatorium at Cleveland State University yesterday. Team members competed in prelims in the morning and finals in the evening looking to place better than last season in the River Division. Individual and relay places are based on the finals(places 1-10) and consolation finals(places 11-20) with all 17 of the NOC teams represented. The team standings are based on division placement. The girl’s teams finished in fourth place in the River Division behind Brunswick, Cuyahoga Falls, North Royalton (both tied for second) and were followed by Medina and Twinsburg. Head Coach Dan Reese commented, “Our women swam terrific; we stepped up and made finals in every single event. Overall we had great swims from top to bottom. Right from the beginning we had personal best swims and the momentum just grew from there.”
The league meet is about placing and earning points for the team. Sophomore Kelsey Wenk did just that by leading Stow with two finishes in the championship finals. Wenk finished 6th in the 100 Back with a time of 1:04.01 and 10th in the 100 Free with a time of 57.20. Wenk commented, “Swimming at NOC was a blast! I am happy with how I did in prelims and finals. The NOC meet was also a great opportunity for everyone. On top of having fun we really pulled together as a team and had some amazing swims. A lot of people dropped time and reached goals which is incredible! I can't wait to see what we can accomplish the remainder of the season!”
Junior Jenni Heid also had a top 10 finish with a 7th place in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:13.18. Heid finished 5th in the consolation finals and 15th overall in the 50 Free with a time of 26:56. Heid said, “The NOC's is always a good meet for me, but this year I really just felt the energy on the pool deck and went with it! I swam my best times and could not be happier with where I placed in the rankings into finals and in the end.”
Junior Ainsley Wilbur, junior Maddie Dyer and sophomore Kelly Vantrease each qualified for the consolation finals in their two individual events. Wilbur earned a 5th place finish 15th overall in the 200 IM and 10th place, 20th overall, with a time of 1:08.15 in the 100 Fly. Dyer finished 5th in the consolation finals and 15th overall on both of her events. Dyer went a 5:43.30 in the 500 Free and 1:06.92 in the 100 Fly. Vantrease took 3rd in the consolation finals 13th overall in the 500 Free with a time of 5:39.92 and 6th, 16th overall, in the 200 Free with a time of 2:07.30.
Junior Lindsey Adkins, junior Tori McCauley and freshman Gretchen Evan each earned a spot in the consolation finals. Adkins finished 7th, 17th overall, with a time of 58.85 in the 100 Free and McCauley finished 8th, 18th overall, with a time of 59.05. Evan finished the individual scoring for the Bulldogs with a 10th place finish in the consolation finals, 20th overall, with a time of 2:25.21.
All three relay teams finished in the top ten. The 200 Medley Relay Team of Wenk, Wilbur, Dyer and Heid finished 6th with a time of 1:59.89. The 200 Free Relay Team of Heid, Adkins, Vantrease and McCauley finished 9th with a time of 1:48.13. The 400 Free Relay Team of McCauley, Vantrease, Adkins and Wenk also finish 9th with a time of 3:57.70.