November 30, 2015


Swimming and diving preview: Team capsules

Northeast Ohio Conference
Elyria Pioneers
COACH: Colleen Everhart, 10th year
ASSISTANT: Diane Price
2006-07 RECORD: 8th place Pioneer Conference; 11th place Lakewood Division I Sectional; 22nd place CSU District; 38th state
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): John Bonko, jr.; Matt Hartman, sr.; Anthony Marsico, so.; Tyler Perkins, so.; Tyler Pileski, sr.; Ian Ward, so.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Jeff Garbash, fr.; Brian Maddock, fr.; Matt Whittle, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Ward (200 IM, back, distance free) and Marsico (breast, sprint free) should be major contributors again as sophomores. Ward was a district qualifier in the 200 IM and set school records in the 200 IM, 500 free and as a member of the 400 free relay. Hartman (back, sprint free) and Maddock (fly, back, breast) should also be key contributors.
2006-07 RECORD: 7th place Pioneer Conference; 10th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (9): Heather Anderson, jr.; Mallory Buckosh, sr.; Mercedes Davis, so.; Jacque Hawes, jr.; Courtney Maddock, jr.; Ashley Matus, jr.; Haley Monos, so.; Morgan Obitts, so.; Autumn Walkerly, so.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Bethany Lescher, jr.; Dianna Schindler, fr.; Taryn Walkerly, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Maddock is a two-time district qualifier in the 200 IM and also qualified last year in the 500 free. She holds team records in the 200 IM, 500 free, 200 free and 100 fly. Buckosh is a 2005 district qualifier in the 100 back. Hawes was honorable mention All-PC in the 100 free, taking third.
North Coast League
Elyria Catholic Panthers
COACH: Jack Dibee, 4th year (21st overall)
ASSISTANTS: Todd Baumgartner, Mary Riley
2006-07 RECORD: 8th place Lakewood Division I Sectional; 25th place CSU District
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (10): Keith Everhart, sr.; Luke Fenik, so.; Mike Haupt, so.; Dave Hoover, sr.; Dan Metelsky, so.; Alex Miehls, jr.; Brad Peters, sr.; Matt Pierce, so.; Jimmy Reitenbach, jr.; Michael Weber, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Anthony Burns, fr.; Brian Koziel, fr.; Mike Meszes, jr.; Zack Poling, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Everhart, Weber and Reitenbach qualified to state as members of the 200 free relay. Individually, Everhart (50 and 100 free) and Weber (200 IM, 100 free) are returning district qualifiers. Koziel is expected to be a key contributor as a freshman. Swimming is an official conference sport for the first time in the North Coast League. EC will host the conference championships on Feb. 2, 2008, at Oberlin College.
2006-07 RECORD: 4th place Lakewood Division II Sectional; 3rd CSU District; 6th state
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Emily Fenik, sr.; Evann Heidersbach, jr.; Brittany McLaughlin, sr.; Nicole Nichols, jr.; Brittany Tweardy, sr.; Audrey Weich, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Stephanie Barnes, fr.; Brooke Bartlebaugh, fr.; Samantha Bogner, so.; Rachel Buckley, fr.; Molly Conroy, fr.; Alyssa de la Pena, so.; Caroline Hamp, fr.; Katie Heinrich, fr.; Erin Kretovics, jr.; Megan Miehls, so.; Colleen O`Connor, jr.; Kelly O`Dell, fr.; Morgan Sigrist, fr.; Jenna Teitenberg, so.; Mackenzie Tweardy, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: The Panthers graduated three stellar athletes in Page Samek, Kay Weber and Samantha Sleva. Heidersbach is a returning two-time state qualifier in the 50 and 100 free. Heidersbach and Brittany Tweardy were members of the 200 free relay that finished fourth at state last year and second in the 2006 (1:40.11).
Southwestern Conference
Amherst Comets
COACH: Cathy Loboda, 7th year
ASSISTANTS: Larissa Betka, Don Cisar
2006-07 RECORD: 5th place SWC; 13th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Matt Elbert, jr.; Kyle Freedman, jr.; Peter Hause, jr.; Quinten Patrick, sr.; Stephen Shinsky, jr.; Corey Wengerd, so.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Kyle Bilancini, so.; Eric Broz, jr.; Brad Cochrane, sr.; Robert Cruz, sr.; Aaron Dierhl, fr.; Ryan Firment, fr.; Erix Infante, sr.; Marc Infante, jr.; Mike Janasko, fr.; Andrew Machesky, fr.; Dom Orseno, jr.; Dominic Pecze, fr.; Matt Shinsky, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Hause had a stellar sophomore year, earning second team All-SWC recognition. Elbert (200 IM, breast) and Patrick (sprints) should also be key contributors.
2006-07 RECORD: 4th place SWC; 7th place Lakewood Division I sectional; 16th CSU district
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (13): Lyndsey Faulk, so.; Amanda Firment, sr.; Katlyn Jeffreys, jr.; Michelle Kallas, so.; Jennifer Knudsen, jr.; Rachel Masterson, so.; Madelyn Moore, sr.; Shannon Orr, sr.; Jessica Padilla, sr.; Mackenzie Remster, jr.; Briana Salter, so.; Kirsten Wengerd, sr.; Monique Zappa, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Kelsey Anderson, so.; Alyssa Beach, fr.; Dana Beal, jr.; Alexa Board, fr.; Amanda Coffman, sr.; Hannah Conn, sr.; Chloe Higgins, so.; Beth Hobaugh, so.; Emily Holp, so.; Stacy Loushin, fr.; Nicole Mazurek, fr.; Marilyn Miller, jr.; Alyssa Richards, so.; Briana Slavik, so.; Katie Torma, so.; Grace Vila, so.
SCOUTING REPORT: Wengerd is one of the top swimmers in the SWC. She is a two-time state qualifier in the 200 free and qualified to state as a junior in the 100 back. Orr (sprints) and Zappa (sprints) should also be key contributors.
Avon Lake Shoremen
COACH: Lauren Benedict, 2nd year
2006-07 RECORD: 6th place SWC; 15th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (8): Steve Benedict, sr.; Brian Bernard, sr.; Matt Bickerton, so.; Logan Crist, so.; Karl Johnson, sr.; Ryan McGaughey, sr.; Dan Murnan, so.; Jimmy Seifer, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Kevin Nickel, so.; Mike Parsons, fr.; Jordan Wagner, jr.; Kyle Witham, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Crist (diving) was a 2006-07 district qualifier. Depth will be an issue with a low turnout.
2006-07 RECORD: 7th place SWC; 12th place Lakewood Division I sectional; 30th place CSU district
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (7): Katie Adams, sr.; Hannah Chernock, jr.; Erin Laraway, sr.; Becky Lightfoot, sr.; C.J. McIntosh, jr.; Emily Roth, sr.; Kelsey Thaxton, sr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Alisha Aerni, fr.; Alyssa Batesole, so.; Caitlin Cereceres, fr.; Courtney Citro, fr.; Allison Curtin, fr.; Kaylie Kesensky, fr.; Lindsey Keller, fr.; Erin Kovar, sr.; Louise Madsen, jr.; Darcy Phillips, jr.; Megan Sargent, fr.; Allyson Seifer, fr.; Mindy Sexton, fr.; Morgan Srail, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Should be a better program. The roster grew to 22, up from nine last year.
Berea Braves
COACH: Rob Salisbury, 15th year (23rd overall)
ASSISTANTS: Nancy Conroy, Elaine Denega
2006-07 RECORD: 3rd place SWC; 6th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (9): Mike Berkley, so.; Pat Chadowski, jr.; Bud Denega, so.; Chad Flanick, jr.; Dan Herwerden, so.; Justin Hill, jr.; Kyle Krantz, so.; Jim Wiles, jr.; Mike Williams, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Patrick Agostino, fr.; Andrew Kilgore, so.; Nathan Malachowski, so.; Justin Pulling, jr.; Ryan Sauernheiner, fr.; Jesse Schuschu, fr.; Dan Soche, so.; Jake Ticherich, jr.; Patrick Walz, fr.; Tommy White, so.
SCOUTING REPORT: Hill (100 back) had an outstanding sophomore year, taking second at districts after winning conference. Chadowski, Williams and Flanick should also be key contributors again. Underclassmen will be counted on to step up.
2006-07 RECORD: 3rd place SWC
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (12): Jenny Baker, so.; Dani Brown, jr.; Megan Chadowski, jr.; Sam Glaze, jr.; Taylor Hinton, so.; Sara Knezevich, so.; Nikki Kolis, so.; Jillian Moore, so.; Kristina Nagy, sr.; Katie Onk, jr.; Claire Sayler, sr.; Alycia Wells, so.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: B.J, Bosl, fr.; Jessica Carino, fr.; Renee Dominick, fr.; Adrienne Ellis, so.; Jessica Guercia, fr.; Candace Graves, fr.; Emily Herwerden, fr.; Olivia Karp, fr.; Brianna Lipfird, fr.; Marissa Pompa, fr.; Maraiyah Romero, so.; Kelsey Schaefer, fr.; Emily Ticherich, jr.; Jaclyn Trayte, fr.; Molly Wendt, so.
SCOUTING REPORT: Kolis was second in the SWC in the 100 back and Knezevich was third in the breast. Chadowski (200 IM, free) and Moore (100 fly) also make an impact.
North Olmsted Eagles
COACH: Eric Dennis, 5th year
ASSISTANTS: Chad Bartko, Arnold Colvin
2006-07 RECORD: 2nd place SWC; 7th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (4): Peter Heinzeman, jr.; Jeff Mackey, so.; Jordan Strieter, sr.; Anthony Zunno, sr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Mackey and Zunno returning district qualifiers in the 400 free relay.
2006-07 RECORD: 5th place SWC; 8th place Lakewood Division I sectional; 31st CSU district
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Madonna Chesney, sr.; Erin Graffis, jr.; Kate Loeser, sr.; Tiffany Platko, so.; Sam Sullivan, sr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Graffis was an SWC champ and district qualifier in the 200 IM and 100 breast. Platko (diving) was also a district qualifier. Overall, depth (21 athletes) and talent is somewhat thin.
Olmsted Falls Bulldogs
COACH: Steve Hunter, 5th year (10th overall)
ASSISTANTS: Tim Croy, Clarise Hunter, Mike Samenuk
2006-07 RECORD: 7th place SWC; 16th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (8): Jim Bohland, jr.; Nathan Brown, jr.; Brian Flick, sr.; Zach Hardy, sr.; J.J. Haumschild, jr.; Chris Kerney, sr.; Danny McKenna, sr.; Kyle Seitz, sr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Casey Arendec, fr.; Scott Ashmun, so.; Kyle Chambers, jr.; Ian Coyle, jr.; Tim Fox, jr.; Nate Kerney, so.; Keegan Kerr, fr.; Dave Levin, so.; Sean Liddy, fr.; James Metzger, so.; Gus O`Neill, so.; Jason Shano, so.
SCOUTING REPORT: The Bulldogs attempt to move up in the SWC on the strength of eight letter winners.
2006-07 RECORD: 6th place SWC; 9th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (13): Amanda Bodnar, jr.; Shannon Carney, sr.; Erin Hammeren, jr.; Rachel Hansinger, jr.; Samantha Husted, jr.; Katie Nageotte, jr.; Gabriella Nicolay, jr.; Samantha Nicolay, so.; Jenny Shano, sr.; Deborah Tang, jr.; Julie Trapp, sr.; Anna Zajac, jr.; Lena Zanzano, sr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Amanda Allen, so.; Meghan Ballinger, fr.; Nikki Burnsso.; Brianna Carney, fr.; Christine Danish, so.; Ellen Disrud, fr.; Julie Haumschild, so.; Aimee Jarboe, fr.; Kit John, fr.; Teresa Mandak, fr.; Taylor Martin, fr.; Kelly Martin, fr.; Emily Mills, so.; Lauren Petruziello, jr.; Kristine Posada, fr.; Alex Sayre, fr.; Jill Schiely, jr.; Leah Schiely, so.; Ashley Stanley, jr.; Angela Zanzano, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Nageotte, a 2006-07 district qualifier in diving, was a Division I all-state pole vaulter in track last spring. Falls has a lot of experience and depth, which it hopes to translate into a better season in 2007-08.
Westlake Demons
COACH: Jim Walsh, 4th year
2006-07 RECORD: 1st place SWC; 3rd place Lakewood Division I Sectional; 13th place CSU District; 45th state
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (11): Doug Astler, sr.; Scott Bechtel, sr.; Barrett Helzel, so.; Andrew Knowlton, jr.; Bobby Knurek, so.; Michael Milano, jr.; Oleg Obolenskyy, jr.; Robby Phillips, sr.; Conor Riley, jr.; Alex Solomon, sr.; Nick Solomon, jr.
REMINDER OF ROSTER: Neil Baumann, jr.; Joe Craven, fr.; Colin Graber, fr.; Matt Kulik, jr.; Mike Lupsa, sr.; Andrew Medoro, so.; Nathaniel Renkel, fr.; Kevin Sabo; Jack St. Marie, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Demons graduated some stellar athletes, but Knurek (100 back), Obolenskyy (100 fly, 100 back) and Phillips (diving) are returning district qualifiers. Craven, Renkel and St. Marie should make an impact as freshmen.
2006-07 RECORD: 1st place SWC; 3rd place Lakewood Division I Sectional; 13th place CSU District
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (22): Abbi DeLeve, jr.; Casey Hamilton, jr.; Kerry Hoke, jr.; Kate Humphrey, so.; Jessica Kellem, jr.; Julie Kendall, jr.; Emily King, jr.; Katie Knurek, sr.; Rebecca Kopack, jr.; Kim Martin, sr.; Mary Clare McFadden, sr.; Alaine Perconti, jr.; Grace Pophal, so.; Emily Splain, sr.; Allison Stephenson, jr.; Emily Stephenson, sr.; Sarah Stephenson, jr.; Jenni Titera, sr.; Mackenzie Wickliffe, sr.; Julie Wise, sr.; Clare Wittenburg, so.; Meredith Zola, sr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Lisa Choban, jr.; Emily DeArmon, fr.; Sammi DeMarsh, so.; Maeve Dingow, jr.; Emily Giunta, sr.; Hannah Kopack, fr.; Evelyn Koski, sr.; Nicole Lamendola, jr.; Annika Norton, so.; Maura Phillips, so.; Meredith Rocco, sr.; Heather Smith, fr.; Megan Splain, fr.; Kayla Waitrovich, fr.; Kelly Wise, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Hamilton and Perconti return from last year`s state qualifying 400 free relay. Individually, Perconti was a district qualifier in the 200 free and 100 free. Hamilton (100 free), was a 2005-06 state qualifier and a two-time district qualifier. Wickliffe (diving) barely missed a state berth, taking 11th at the CSU District. Emily Splain, who sat out last season, returns to the team. She was state qualifier in the 100 back as a freshman. Heather Kopack, Heather Smith and Megan Splain are top freshman talent.
West Shore Conference
Avon Eagles
COACH: Sara Verderber, 3rd year
ASSISTANT: Joyce Senney
2006-07 RECORD: 4th place WSC; 17th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Jake Bender, so.; Tim Collins, jr.; Tyler Guthrie, jr.; Louis Runge, jr.; Jake Michelich, jr.; Nick Salvagni, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Joe Bury, fr.; Alex Bushong, sr.; Tudor Chesaru, fr.; Kyle Kalista, so.; Wyatt Miller, fr.; Elliot Runge, fr.; Dan Smith, sr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Last winter, Louis Runge (100 back) was the first district qualifier in the history of the boys program. The 200 free and 200 IM should be included in his strong suite this year. His brother, Elliot, a freshman, should be an asset in the 100 breast and 200 IM. Michelich (sprint, distance freestyle) and Salvagni (fly, sprint and distance freestyle) are also key contributors.
2006-07 RECORD: 2nd place WSC; 9th place Lakewood Division II sectional; 29th place CSU district
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (7): Emma Gerdes, so.; Marissa Gerdes, sr.; Emma LaFarciola, sr.; Amy Meckes, so.; Grace Miller, jr.; Kristen Schlachter, sr.; Colleen Weber, so.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Alaina Cvetic, fr.; Emily Ferenc, fr.; Amanda Novotny, fr.; Claire Staveski, fr.; Natalie Toth, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Sisters Marissa and Emma Gerdes led the way. Marissa was a district qualifier in the 100 back and also handles the 200 IM. Emma is a distance freestyle with some skill in the 100 back. The sisters transferred from Connecticut prior to last season. LaFarciola (100 back, 100 and 200 free) should be an asset.
Bay Rockets
COACH: Andy Fleck, 2nd year
ASSISTANTS: Annette McCoy, Rachael Partridge
2006-07 RECORD: 3rd place WSC; 20th place Lakewood Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (12): Brad Aronson, jr.; Dave Brax, sr.; Tom Bricmont, so.; Joe Chamberlain, jr.; Sean Gesing, sr.; John Grady, so.; Jeff Graham, jr.; Ted Graham, so.; Jake Kestler, jr.; Peter Meehan, jr.; Kevin Picccirilli, jr.; Dan Ward, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Jaimen Brady, sr.; Jacob Fraile, so.; Adam Figliuzzi, fr.; Chris Schilling, fr.; Matt Seabold, fr.; Mike Sorge, fr.; Kurt Zillman, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Last year`s team MVP, Bricmont finished finished second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 back at the WSC meet. He narrowly missed districts in both events. Piccirilli was second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free at the WSC meet.
2006-07 RECORD: 3rd WSC; 14th place Lakewood Division II sectional; 15th CSU district; 23rd state
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (13): Caroline Bloom, jr.; Mackenzie Clark, jr.; Nikki Craft, so.; Kristen DeWees, jr.; Hannah Dubyoski, sr.; Julia Englebrecht, so.; Rachel Fleig, so.; Kate O`Brien, jr.; Megan O`Brien, jr.; Amanda Ritzenthaler, so.; Lauren Ritzenthaler, so.; Kiki Rudden, sr.; Sarah Shreffler, jr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Kelsey Brax, so.; Nicole Carlisle, fr.; Samantha Clark, sr.; Kati Corbitt, so.; Camile Eckel, fr.; Lizzie Jensen, fr.; Emily Falkenburg, fr.; Allison Fischer, fr.; Abby Glass, so.; Kelsey Johnston, so.; Lauren Marosi, sr.; Dana Matthews, so.; Megan Matthews, sr.; Hope O`Brien, so.; Shannon O`Brien, fr.; Peggy Olson, jr.; Katie Schwert, sr.; Rachael Stone, so.; Maggie Wolpert, so.
SCOUTING REPORT: Craft finished third in diving at last year`s state meet. She set WSC and district records, as well as school records in six-dive and 11-dive formats. Amanda Ritzenthaler finished ninth at state in the 100 back and second at sectionals and fourth at districts in the same event. She was an WSC champ in the 100 back and 50 free. Rudden was second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 IM at the WSC meet.
Firelands Falcons
COACH: Chris Jones, 3rd year
2006-07 RECORD: 5th place WSC; 23rd place Wooster Division I sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (5): Ricky Eastin, so.; Mike Gedridge, jr.; Matt Loosli, sr.; Mike Morrissette, so.; Jared Noe, sr.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Peter Deucher, sr.; Alex Dziat, fr.; Ryan Holliday, sr.; Matt Markel, jr.; Milo McAvoy, jr.; Stephen Minnich, fr.; Chase Squires, fr.; Sam Tanner, fr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Team is the largest since Jones took over in 2005-06.
2006-07 RECORD: 5th place WSC; 14th place Wooster Division II sectional
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (7): Jessica Arndt, so.; Maria Asimou, sr.; Rebecca Bodmann, so.; Kalee Donofrio, so.; Kelly Simon, so.; Brooke Stanic, so.; Allie Urbanski, so.
REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Keely Bauer, fr.; Jasmine Baxter, so.; Rebekah Coleman, fr.; Rachel Daub, fr.; Krysa Flowers, so.; Brittany Hansel, so.; Linzie Holowenko, sr.; Kayla Huffman, fr.; Liz Kanges, so.; Cassie Lampe, fr.; Hanna Nichols, sr.; Becca Wheaton, fr.; Marlayna Williams, sr.
SCOUTING REPORT: Looking to gain first dual meet victory in three years with biggest squad in program`s history.