Mulvin ends season with 3rd, 4th place state finishes

Port Clinton's Cheek takes 3rd, Sandusky's Vargo earns a 4th
Sarah Baker
Feb 22, 2014

The area was well represented on the podium in the sprint events.

Two girls and one boy competed in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events in the Division II state swimming championships Friday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Perkins' Sean Mulvin led the way with a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle, in which he bested the time that he won the event in last season, for a new school record.
"I set the old one here last year when I won — I went a 46.5 and I set it again here with a 46.1 — I was like, 'Oh my gosh!'" he said. "I felt pretty good. They were good times — I dropped times in all of them. I felt loose and good."
Mulvin also finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.43 seconds.
On the girls side, Port Clinton's Cheyenne Meek finished third in the 50 freestyle (23.37), while Norwalk's Geena Freriks finished fifth (23.67).
"She wanted to hopefully finish first, but when you're in the top eight in the state, especially Ohio, which is such a fast swimming state, it's definitely something to be proud about and hold your head up high," Port Clinton coach Danny Diaz said.
"She came into the wall first and then the race just changed," he added. "It's just one of those races — it's just the start and the turn and that's all it is."
Freriks finished sixth (51.76) in the 100 freestyle, while Meek was eighth (52.07).
"Geena held her place in the 50 free. She was seeded fifth in the beginning, and obviously got sixth in the prelims, and got back up to fifth today," Norwalk coach Erin Smetzer said. "She didn't have her best time, but she still swam very well. Then in the 100, she dropped down to sixth, but we're still really happy. She's on the podium, she's the sixth and fifth fastest person in the state, so we're very proud of her."
Meek took a knee injury into the final day of competition, and pulled out of the team's relay events on Thursday to rest it.
"I thought she did well, considering the circumstances, the emotional highs and lows from yesterday and into today," Diaz said. "The way her knee has been feeling, she did the best she could I thought."
He added that the senior's career has been extremely good.
"She holds multiple school records, district records, she was SBC swimmer of the year this year, she's always been a trooper and she'd definitely been one of the girls who've helped put PC swimming on the map," he said. "So it's definitely been nice coaching her."
Meek will continue her swimming career at Ohio State University next year.
Sandusky's Kerrigan Vargo came up with a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM (2:08.06) and a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly (57.28) to set a new school record.
"Her IM she was solid the whole way, then coming off that last turn, I think she just ran out of pool. She could have been top three easily if there was maybe two more yards," Sandusky coach Tommy Patterson said. "In her fly, she was seeded eighth and moved up a spot, which we're very happy with.

“She was in one of those outside lanes again, and anyone who's ever been at Canton knows that if you're in an outside lane and you can pass somebody that's a big accomplishment, and she did,” he added. “I'm really proud of her. She came in here with some goals and ended up breaking another school record."
After not making it to finals last season, Vargo was pleased with her accomplishments and looks forward to next season.
"Last year I wasn't expecting to make finals, and this year I had different expectations, since I was more experienced and I'm hoping that next year I'll be a little more experienced to do better," she said. "I was so happy moving up in fly. I didn't think I could do that. I was happy with 4th (in 200 IM). I didn't move up, but I didn't move down … so I was so happy with that."
With little time in between her two events, Vargo and Patterson worked out a plan to keep her prepared and not tired going into 100 butterfly.
"Going into the meet we knew that she had two events back to back with minimal time," Patterson said. "We worked out a plan and I think it worked out a whole lot better today."
He added that the awards presentations at the end of each event also helped.
"My coach helped me out so I could just jump in the warm down pool and swim over," Vargo said. "And with podium and all that it was a lot easier with timing. So I think that helped a lot too."
Perkins' Darcy Schild added an eighth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.90).
"Darcy getting eighth place was very good," Perkins coach Steve Cremean said. "The first 50 of that race was as fast as I've ever seen her go in her life, so fantastic for her."