SWIMMING LIVE BLOG: State Finals

CANTON - Live results and notes from day two: DIVISION II FINALS
Michael Truax
Aug 25, 2010

CANTON — Live results and notes from day two:

DIVISION II FINALS
Expect more success. We could possibly see a few more champions rise from the area swimmers. I'm not going to name names just yet. I don't think I'd get my security deposit back if an angry mob burned my apartment building to the ground for jinxing their team. We have a lot of swimmers competing today, in case you haven't read the lengthy articles from yesterday. I'll try to talk to every top-three finisher and hopefully a few more in between. Be sure to check back for updates. The first two results are in: Girls' 200 medley relay: Port Clinton, 13th overall, 5th in consolation heat, 1:54.81 (Nikki Twarek, MacKenzie Stewart, Katelyn Zam, Erin Smith); Perkins, 6th, 1:50.85 (Kimberly Anglin, Katie Quinn, Camille Cremean, Jillian Chapman) Three races, two new state records. First, Wyoming in the boys' 200 medley relay hit 1:34.85, beating the record that Perkins set last year (1:35.39). Then in the girls' 200 free, Samantha Zuch of Napoleon finished in 1:48.38, beating the old mark of 1:48.80. DIVISION I FINALS Welcome your new Division I girls' 100 yard breaststroke champion, Sandusky's Taylor Vargo. She won with a mark of 1:04.61. Rachael Dzierzak, the top returning swimmer (3rd in 2009), finished second with a time of 1:04.83. Sandusky freshman Taylor Vargo swam in the first individual event of the day, earning a 15th-place finish in the state in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.31. She was eighth heading into the penultimate turn but passed one swimmer for 15th. Blue Streaks senior Gus Everson raced in his first event of the day, the 50 free, earning a tenth-place finish in the state with a time of 21.51, just a hair slower than his prelim time (21.49). He said he was happy so far with his performance today. Last year at the state meet, he was eliminated on the first day from this event. “It’s not exactly my best time, but it’s good,” Everson said. “I’ll take second in my heat.” Gus Everson finished his high school swimming run with an impressive performance in the 100 freestyle. He finished well ahead of the rest of the consolation field with a 46.34, which he said was his second-best time ever. He took 9th place in the state, but finished with the 5th best time overall – four of the swimmers in the championship heat finished slower than him. (The eight swimmers in the championship heat are guaranteed the first eight places, regardless of how well the consolation swimmers do.) “It was way better than last year at state," he said. "It was a great way to head out of high school.”

Comments

shs swim fan

 Awesome!!  We are so proud of you!  We are so glad you are a BLUE STREAK!

shs swim fan

 Four champions - four schools!  Take note Ohio - we can swim here!!

arod1112

Congrats to all the State swimming participants! A special congrats to the respective State Champions.

For a school with no pool and to put a swimmer on top of the podium SMCC deserves a special congrats on a truly remarkable accomplishment by Senior Michael Gallagher.  Congratulations should also be given to SMCC Swim Coach Michelle Gallagher for bringing the sport of swimming to SMCC!! SMCC may be small, and may not be competitive in every sport, but good things DO happen there!