May 25, 2016


High school swimming notebook: Area contingent fares well at Viking Invitational

 Bay sophomore Nikki Craft was the class of girls diving at Saturday’s Cleveland State Viking Invitational. Craft scored a school-record 503.3 points in the 11-dive competition. She outdistanced Strongsville’s Rachel Rosenburg (428.85) and Westlake senior MacKenzie Wickliffe (368.65).
“I’m just so surprised to do that well, especially for early in the season,” said Craft, who was third at last year’s Division II state meet. “Everything scored very well, but especially my gainer dive. It received several 9s. My inward 11/2-dive also scored very well.”
Elyria Catholic performed very well on both the boys and the girls side.
Senior Keith Everhart was third in the 50 free (22.31) after he clocked a school-record 21.85 in the prelims. He was sixth in the 100 free (49.58).
Everhart also teamed with Jimmy Reitenbach, Alex Miehls and Michael Weber for a fifth-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:32.27) and a seventh in the 200 medley relay (1:45.73).
Weber had a good day in the 200 individual medley, finishing eighth (2:05.31). Berea’s Justin Hill was fifth in the 50 free (22.88).
Junior Evann Heidersbach of Elyria Catholic finished fourth in the 200 free (2:01.20) and was sixth in the 100 free (55.56). Heidersbach teamed with senior Brittany Tweardy, freshman Caroline Hamp and senior Brittany McLaughlin for a third in the 200 medley relay (1:44.15).
The Westlake girls team also had a great afternoon, highlighted by a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:45.69) behind Hawken (3:43.21). Junior Casey Hamilton, senior Emily Splain, freshman Megan Splain and senior Alaine Perconti teamed for the relay. The Demons’ 200 medley relay of Abbi Deleve, Megan Splain, Emily Stephenson and Case Hamilton was sixth (1:56.36).
Megan Splain was fifth in the 200 IM (2:17.52) and ninth in the 100 fly (1:03.31). Hamilton was eighth in the 100 free (56.33) and 10th in the 50 free (25.70).
Magnificat’s Maddie Kete of Bay Village was third in the 100 free (54.54) and fourth in the 100 free (24.95). Berea’s Nikki Kolis was sixth in the 200 free (2:01.99) and ninth in the 100 back (1:02.57). Amherst’s Kirsten Wengerd was eighth in the 200 free (2:02.91) and 14th in the 100 back (1:03.25). Bay’s Amanda Ritzenthaler was eighth in the 100 back (1:02.42).
Demons add coaches
Westlake head coach Jim Walsh had upgraded his coaching staff with three new additions.
Chris Dalman, who was 18th in diving at the 2006-07 NCAA Division I meet; Mandy Patrick, a former state qualifier in the 100 fly and breast; and Greg Fletcher, a former standout swimmer in the sprint free and fly from Brunswick and Ohio University. Mallory Wyderka, who broke many golf records at North Olmsted and in college, is the strength and conditioning coach.
“The girls are headed for PhD tracks and the guys will be at least getting their masters in teaching. Just an excellent group of young coaches with great futures,” said Walsh.
Swim honor roll
High school coaches are encouraged to submit times for the weekly swimming and diving honor roll.
Times and diving scores (six-dive scores only) can be submitted via e-mail to Results should be submitted no later than 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Player nominations
Coaches are also encouraged to submit athlete-of-the-week nominations no later than 9 p.m. on Sundays. Coaches should provide statistics (times and performances) along with a brief athlete bio of their nominations. Athletes of the week receive a Chronicle-Telegram T-shirt recognizing them for their achievement.

Athletes of the week
Keith Everhart, Elyria Catholic
YEAR: Senior
LAST WEEK: Finished third in the 50 free (22.31) and sixth in the 100 free (49.58) at Saturday’s Cleveland State Viking Invitational. He was also a member of the fifth-place 200 free (1:32.27) and seventh-place 200 medley (1:45.73) relays. In addition, he had another school record Tuesday as a member of the 400 free relay (3:30.84).
BIO: Holds team records in the 50 (22.85) and 100 free (49.34) and 100 fly (56.19). Also holds team marks as a member of 200 medley (1:43.58), 200 free (1:30.39) and 400 free (3:30.84) relays. He was a member of 200 free relay that qualified to the 2006-07 Division I state meet. Is a co-captain and the team’s MVP as a junior. He plans to attend college and major in mechanical engineering and would like to continue swimming. Has a
2.9-grade-point average.
PARENTS: Jim and Colleen Everhart

Nikki Craft, Bay
YEAR: Sophomore
LAST WEEK: Won the CSU Viking meet in girls diving for the second straight year with a school-record score of 503.30 for 11 dives. Earlier in the week, she scored 243.23 points in a six-dive dual meet competition against Elyria Catholic, continuing her undefeated streak in dual meets — a 9-0 record that dates back to last year.
BIO: Won the Ned Reeb Invitational in Columbus on Dec. 8 with 488.75 points, defeating 23 other divers. In the 2006-07 season, Craft finished third in diving at the Division II state meet and was ranked No. 3 national for her age category (14-15). She enjoys playing softball and listening to country music. Her favorite musicians are the country band “Rascal Flats.” Craft has a 3.25 GPA.
PARENTS: Dave and Patti Craft

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