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Sean Mulvin does a lot of thinking.
In all that thinking, the Perkins junior has come up with the process to prepare for himself and his teammates for their events. The Pirates finished with a pair of 15th-place relay finishes on the boys side, while the girls 200 medley relay team finished 11th in the Division II state swimming consolation finals Friday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Mulvin teamed up with Ryan Singler, Mitchell Bruner and C.J. Capizzi for the 15th-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:30.70).
"The 200 free (relay) felt good. A lot of our guys, I think it caught them by shock, because we were running through here, went to the check in here, and ran back there," Mulvin said, gesturing around the pool deck. "And we weren't, like 'there' yet. You know you're 'there' when you're in the zone, you can't hear anything and like, I was 'there,' I know a couple of the guys were 'there,' but some of them, they're weren't completely 'there.'
“Some of them it's their first time here, so it's a totally new experience, but they did great,” he added. “I'm really proud of them. When I got back from the 100 — I didn't do as well as I thought I was going to do, but I still did very good because I got a good time, and I'm a happy with that — but when I came back, I got them going."
He also teamed up with Ryan Gerold, Bruner and Capizzi for the 15th-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:22.61).
"There's a process," Mulvin said. "You gotta get pumped, and once you get pumped you warm up and after that you get in the zone and that's it. It's weird. Not a lot of people will tell you that because they can't explain it, but I figured it out. After awhile when you're in the pool, swimming yards and yards at practice — sometimes you swim 10,000 yards a day at practice — all you do is think.
"You don't talk to anyone, unless you have breaks a lot, but other than that you just think. And that's what I think about," he said. "I think about the process of swimming. I think about the relays — I think about the relays all the time. I think about how people are going to do on taper. I think about how people are going to do the next dual meet. I think about the girls team. I think about people in the school who could possibly be a good swimmer — like, I don't even know if they can swim, but I just think they could be because they're athletic. It's just things you think about when you're swimming. It's weird."
For the Pirate girls, Mikayla Schweck, Darcy Schild, Anna Tanaka and Hannah Weatherly finished with a time of 1:52.53 in the 200 medley relay.
"Great efforts, all the way around," Perkins coach Steve Cremean said. "They held times very well. Did a very nice job showing on the second day and competing and qualifying for the second day of competition."
In individual events, St. Paul's Gabe Dauch and St. Mary Central Catholic's Nick Dudenhoefer represented the area in the consolation finals.
Dauch tied Bowling Green's Trae Gulgin for 12th in the 100 backstroke (54.85) and 14th in the 200 IM (2:00.73).
"I was definitely tired," Dauch said. "Two days of racing back to back — I haven't done that in a really long time. I'm definitely pleased with how I raced. I gave it my all. My times — my backstroke time was the same exact (from Thursday), and my IM I added a little bit, but that's OK, seems like everyone's adding a little bit right now. I'm really happy I got to do this the last four years and I'll continue in college."
The senior added that he's looking at Ohio Northern and Ashland University.
Dudenhoefer finished 15th in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.01).
The senior talked about making it to state for his final year of swimming in high school.
"It's been a long four years, a lot of hard work. My goal from the beginning was to make it to this meet and to compete and I did," he said. "And I made it in two events, which is better than I even expected. My coach (Michele Gallagher) is, I think she's one of the best coaches in the area. She's there supporting me every step of the way.
"My teammates, my brothers and my family are very supportive and all the hard work has gotten me to this point," he added. "Yards upon yards — it's been a long four years, and a little more than that, but in high school a long four years and a good four years. That was my goal, to get here and to make it to the second day, so I got there."