The two coaches have been friends since college and when Stow’s head coach Dan Reese took over the Bulldog program getting this meet on the schedule was important for a couple of reasons. Coach Reese said, “North Canton is a state power and any time you can swim a team like that it’s good for our team so they can gauge their own performance as they work towards sectionals and districts.” Both coaches swam for the Falcons at Bowling Green State University until the college cut the men’s program due to Title IV. “We’ve been friends for a long time,” said Reese, “so it just made sense to put them on the schedule.”
The boys team, who captured the NOC championship last weekend, lost 117-69 finishing the season 5-2 overall and 5-0 in the River Division. The girls lost a close one 95-90 finishing the season 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the River Division finishing in second place.
Scoring first place finishes for the Bulldogs was sophomore Kelsey Wenk in the 200 Free (2:04.44) and the 100 Back (1:05.43), senior Jacob Earle in the 200 IM with a 2:12.31 and 100 Breast (1:03.78), junior Cody Vantrease in the 100 Free (50.82), junior Maddie Dyer in the 500 Free (5:41.21), and junior Jenni Heid in the 100 Breast (1:13.79).
The 200 IM Relay team of Wenk, Heid, junior Ainsley Wilbur and junior Tory McCauley took second (1:59.98), the team of junior Lindsey Adkins, freshman Gretchen Evan, Dyer and sophomore Kelly Vantrease took third (2:06.28). For the boys the 200 IM Relay of junior Justin Faluotico, Earle, Vantrease, and senior Cameron Potter took second 1:48.99.
In the girl’s 200 Free Dyer took third (2:12.32). In the boy’s 200 Free Vantrease took second (1:51.80) and Faluotico took fifth 2:01.19.
In the girl’s 200 IM Wilbur took second (2:25.48), Vantrease took third 2:29.90 and freshman Kirsten Earle (2:39.51) took fifth. For the boys, sophomore Shane Riddle took fourth with a 2:22.12.
In the 50 Free for the girls, McCauley took second (26.36), sophomore Erin Fenwick took fourth (28.11) and senior Rachael Moretti took fifth with a 28.38. for the boys Potter took second with a 23.84 and junior Curtis Henry took third with a 24.76.
In the diving event junior Sierra Clark took third (110.25) and freshman Audrey Menke took fourth (96.20). For the boys senior Parker Gabriel, who scored his best dive of the season, took third (155.00) and senior Will Sheppard took fifth with a 142.55.
Heid took second in the 100 Fly (1:06.70) and Earle took third (1:13.21). For the boys Potter took second (1:01.95) and sophomore Logan Burgess took fifth (1:12.82).
In the 100 Free McCauley (58.17), Adkins (59.35) and Vantrease 59.97 took second, third and fourth respectively. For the boys, senior Ethan Schur took fifth with a 56.85.
Wilbur took third in the 500 Free 5:43.99 and for the boys Faluotico (5:30.60), freshman Travis Delker (5:32.25) and Riddle 5:37.27 took second, third and fourth respectively.
The 200 Free Relay of Moretti, Fenwick, Dyer and Vantrease took second with a 1:51.43. and for the boys the relay team of Vantrease, Potter, Henry and Earle took second with a 1:36.63.
Adkins took third in the 100 back with a 1:09.21 and for the boys, sophomore Corey Dyer(1:06.93) and junior Calub Studt took fourth and fifth respectively.
Evan (1:19.14) and sophomore Sarah Kassinger (1:26.52) took forth and fifth place. For the boys sophomore Alex Cremer took third (1:13.64) and Delker took fifth (1:14.71).
The girl’s 400 Free Relay team of Wenk, McCauley, Heid and Adkins went a 4:00.79 for second and the relay team of Wilbur, Moretti, sophomore Taylor Lewis and Fenwick took third with a 4:20.62.
For the boys the 400 Free Relay team of Faluotico, Henry, sophomore Schuyler Morris and Schur took second with a 3:45.88 to finish the scoring.