September 1, 2014

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H.S. Swimming: Tyler Moore’s fast finish gives Amherst 3rd straight SWC title

WESTLAKE — The pressure was enormous, but when it counted most Tyler Moore answered with a huge performance.
The Amherst senior rallied from nearly a half-second deficit in the last 50 yards to lead the Comets to victory in the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay. The win sealed Amherst’s third straight Southwestern Conference swimming and diving championship.
Moore stroked his way to a career-record split of 47.90 as he teamed with freshman David Burgett, junior Jordan Kneisel and junior Jordan Ault for a conference-record time of 3:23.96. He outdueled Brecksville junior Ryan Charbonneau, who split 48.07 for the second-place relay (3:24.17).
“I wasn’t thinking much, I just had to go,” said Moore, who finished his career with 12 SWC titles.
“By the end I was shaking. It definitely was a challenge, but it was a fun one.”
Moore took off with a slight lead (2:36.06 to 2:36.10), only to get smoked by Charbonneau in the first 50 (22.23 to 22.70).
“We got it through everyone’s heads that we didn’t want to share (the championship), that it was not the same if we didn’t beat Brecksville tonight,” Moore said.
Amherst prevailed over Brecksville 301-289 in the 32nd annual event. A reversal of the top two places in the 400 relay would have forced a tie. The Comets would still have won the conference outright because of a better dual meet record (7-0 versus 6-1). Dual meet records count 50 percent toward the conference championship.
Twelve-place scoring put the pressure on the entire Amherst squad, not just Moore.
“It means a lot. You really don’t know how important this meet is until your senior year and it’s all you got left before you go,” Moore said. “It leaves a really great legacy for my class that we managed to do this.”
The Amherst boys won the 400 free and 200 medley relays for the fourth straight year. Moore was a member of all eight winners. He also won the 100 breast for the third time in four years (1:02.30) and added a victory in the 200 individual medley (2:04.49).
“First places don’t win you the meet,” Moore said. “We really counted on those ‘B’ and ‘C’ (second- and third-string) swimmers to pull it through. It was entirely a team effort.”
Senior John Scalli, along with Moore, Ault and senior Alex Machovina combined talents to win the 200 medley relay (1:43.65). Scalli also contributed with a victory in the 100 back (55.39) and a third in the 100 fly (57.18).
“The younger guys really didn’t push it in our dual meet with Brecksville. They really pushed it tonight and that’s why we won,” Scalli said. “We won it last time (dual meet, 93-90), but tonight was bigger. This really puts a bow on the season for the seniors. Winning conference the first time was fun, but this one was the best of all. We really had to pull together.”
Ault defended his 200 free title (1:52.13) as he beat No. 1 seed Mark Krusinski (1:53.24).
The Amherst boys are just the fifth SWC boys team to win three straight conference titles. Westlake took home five straight from 2006-10. Avon Lake (1997-99), Bay (1990-92) and North Olmsted (1985-87) are the others with three straight.
Freshman Brittany Menzer led the Avon Lake girls to third place in the final conference standings, the Shoregals’ first top-three finish since taking second in the 2003-04 season. A year ago, the Shoregals were seventh.
Menzer won the 200 free (2:02.12), took second in the 500 free (5:26.03) and was a member of two third-place relays.
She teamed with Catrionna Bruce, Devan Rybarczyk and Jessica Lambert in the 200 free relay (1:46.40). The same four were third in the 400 free relay (3:56.05).
“I was so nervous before the 200 free. I was almost in tears standing behind the blocks,” Menzer said. “I knew how sad I would feel if I didn’t win. It was such a rush to see No. 1 by my name when I finished. It’s much easier being the hunter than the hunted.
“I’m very proud our relays podiumed (top six) because last year they didn’t. It’s great we placed third in both.”
Menzer is the first Avon Lake girl to win a swimming event at the conference meet since the 2006-07 season, when Paige Preusse won the 100 free.
The Brecksville girls won their third straight title (second outright) with 366 points. Westlake (224), North Olmsted (195), Avon Lake (191) and Amherst (152) rounded out the top five.
Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.
Boys
Team scores
1. Amherst (AM), 301; 2. Brecksville (BR), 289; 3. Westlake (W), 161 ½; 4. Olmsted Falls (OF), 151; 5. North Olmsted (NO), 141; 6. Berea (BE), 132 ½; 7. Avon Lake (AL), 127; 8. Midpark (M), 91
Final conference standings
Based on dual meet, championship meet finishes
1. Amherst (7-0 dual meet record), 16; 2. Brecksville (6-1), 14; 3. Westlake (4-3), 11; 4. Berea (5-2), 9; 5. Olmsted Falls (2-5), 8.5; 6. North Olmsted (2-5), 7.5; 7. Avon Lake (1-6), 3.5; 8. Midpark (1-6), 2.5
Individual results
200 medley relay: 1. Amherst (John Scalli, Tyler Moore, Alex Machovina, Jordan Ault), 1:43.65; 2. Westlake, 1:45.09; 3. Olmsted Falls, 1:47.69; 4. North Olmsted, 1:48.20; 5. Avon Lake (Zach Collins, Joey Lyons, Trey Rhodes, Michael Callesen), 1:53.43; 6. Brecksville, 1:55.81
200 free: 1. Ault (AM), 1:52.13; 2. Mark Krusinski (BR), 1:53.24; 3. Jake Bechtel (W), 1:54.35; 4. Jimmy Humel (BR), 1:54.36; 5. Connor Ticherich (BE), 1:56.79; 6. Matt Martin (BR), 1:58.23
200 individual medley: 1. Moore (AM), 2:04.49; 2. Bolton (OF), 2:11.19; 3. David Burgett (AM), 2:12.07; 4. Dave Hundt (NO), 2:13.66; 5. James Doherty (BR), 2:13.87; 6. Kevin Waitrovich (W), 2:15.14
50 free: 1. Ryan Sara (NO), 22.36; 2. Ryan Charbonneau (BR), 22.42; 3. Quenten Cipra (BE), 23.03; 4. Alex Lamorgese (W), 23.21; 5. Ray Klebowski (M), 23.26; 6. Alex Machovina (W), 23.56
Diving: 1. Nate Harper (M), 512.80; 2. Tyler Nock (AL), 431.75; 3. Steven Davis (NO), 378.25; 4. Sam Aburaad (OF), 374.75; 5. Brett Purgason (NO), 360.70; 6. Jon Levin (OF), 291.15
100 fly: 1. Krusinski (BR), 54.86; 2. Cipra (BE), 55.60; 3. Scalli (AM), 57.18; 4. Tommy Petro (OF), 59.16; 5. Joe Casedonte (NO), 59.28; 6. Machovina (AM), 59.96
100 free: 1. Sara (NO), 49.46; 2. Charbonneau (BR), 50.24; 3. Burton (OF), 50.54; 4. Bechtel (W), 51.55; 5. Ault (AM), 51.90; 6. Lamorgese (W), 51.93
500 free: 1. Humel (BR), 5:14.52; 2. Petro (OF), 5:20.18; 3. Matt Martin (BR), 5:20.47; 4. Willy Karp (BE), 5:21.50; 5. Dave Burgett (AM), 5:21.99; 6. Joe Casedonte (NO), 5:26.25
200 free relay: 1. Brecksville (Humel, Charbonneau, Chalasinski, Krusinski), 1:32.56; 2. Amherst (Burgett, Kneisel, Machovina, Scalli), 1:34.76; 3. Berea, 1:36.35; 4. Midpark, 1:37.11; 5. North Olmsted, 1:37.18; 6. Olmsted Falls, 1:38.14
100 back: 1. Scalli (AM), 55.39; 2. Burton (OF), 55.63; 3. Ray Klebowski (M), 58.67; 4. Chalasinski (BR), 59.71; 5. Joe Knurek (W), 59.72; 6. Zach Collins (AL), 1:03.40
100 breast: 1. Moore (AM), 1:02.30; 2. Bolton (OF), 1:03.97; 3. James Doherty (BR), 1:05.20; 4. Waitrovich (W), 1:06.53; 5. Dave Hundt (NO), 1:08.04; 6. Tyler Thompson (BR), 1:08.26
400 free relay: 1. Amherst (Burgett, Kneisel, Ault, Moore), 3:23.98 (MEET RECORD, old record 3:25.69 set in 2009 by Westlake); 2. Brecksville, 3:24.17; 3. Westlake, 3:31.94; 4. Avon Lake, 3:35.99; 5. Berea, 3:36.68; 6. Midpark, 3:37.05
Girls
Team scores
1. Brecksville, 366; 2. Westlake, 224; 3. North Olmsted, 195; 4. Avon Lake, 191; 5. Amherst, 152; 6. Berea, 131; 7. Olmsted Falls, 124; 8. Midpark, 12
Final conference standings
Based on dual meet, championship meet finishes
1. Brecksville (7-0), 16; 2. Westlake (6-1), 14; 3. Avon Lake (4-3), 11; 4. North Olmsted (3-4), 10; 5. Amherst (3-4), 8; 6. Olmsted Falls (3-4), 6; 7. Berea (2-5), 5; 8. Midpark (0-8), 2
Individual results
200 medley relay: 1. Amherst (Lauren Knudsen, Kiersten Remster, Allie Thorson, Miranda Mlincek), 2:00.23; 2. Berea, 2:00.78; 3. Brecksville A, 2:01.05; 4. Westlake A, 2:01.52; 5. Brecksville B, 2:07.24; 6. Westlake B, 2:08.01
200 free: 1. Brittany Menzer (AL), 2:02.12; 2. Anna Coronel (BR), 2:04.12; 3. Nora Lee (W), 2:07.56; 4. Colleen Hoke (W), 2:10.14; 5. Halle Kotchman (BR), 2:10.14; 6. Mallory Chodkiewicz (BR), 2:13.17
200 individual medley: 1. Rachel Kotchman (BR), 2:19.94; 2. Joan Dregalla (OF), 2:20.27; 3. Kara Foraker (NO), 2:20.44; 4. Samantha Tarbuck (BR), 2:20.91; 5. Rebecca Prexta (BR), 2:24.29; 6. Adriana Ivkovic (W), 2:27.47
50 free: 1. Clare Savage (BR), 25.04; 2. Jacky Jarachovic (NO), 25.19; 3. Ismary Puentes (NO), 25.35; 4. Peyton Kranz (BE), 26.46; 5. Mlincek (AM), 26.63; 6. Jaclyn Thomason (BE), 26.81
Diving: 1. Michelle Moock (BR), 406.05; 2. Holly Lamb (AM), 365.05; 3. Emily Krause (AL), 350.75; 4. Carson Greco (W), 314.60; 5. Andi Gottfried (OF), 309.35; 6. Emily Lambert (AL), 309.10
100 fly: 1. Foraker (NO), 1:02.61; 2. Ivkovic (W), 1:02.68; 3. Paige Coughlin (BR), 1:03.89; 4. Sarah Kress (OF), 1:06.99; 5. Brianna Rodriguez (M), 1:07.45; 6. Marley Bell (OF), 1:11.03;
100 free: 1. Savage (BR), 54.46; 2. Jarachovic (NO), 55.61; 3. Puentes (NO), 56.00; 4. R. Kotchman (BR), 56.64; 5. Catrionna Bruce (AL), 57.00; 6. Megann Ott (NO), 57.21
500 free: 1. Coughlin (BR), 5:22.67; 2. Menzer (AL), 5:26.03; 3. Lee (W), 5:39.66; 4. Thorson (AM), 5:43.18; 5. Hoke (W), 5:47.31; 6. Chodkiewicz (BR), 5:53.00
200 free relay: 1. Brecksville A (Coronel, R. Kotchman, Coughlin, Savage), 1:42.26 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:42.33 set in 2009 by Westlake); 2. North Olmsted, 1:42.66; 3. Avon Lake (Bruce, Devan Rybarczyk, Jessica Lambert, Menzer), 1:46.40; 4. Berea, 1:47.70; 5. Brecksville B, 1:48.84; 6. Olmsted Falls, 1:49.44
100 back: 1. Coronel (BR), 1:01.83; 2. Bruce (AL), 1:03.67; 3. Ott (NO), 1:04.61; 4. Maddy Schimpf (BR), 1:06.56; 5. Rebecca Prexta (W), 1:07.15; 6. Rybarczyk (AL), 1:07.68
100 breast: 1. Thomason (BE), 1:11.27; 2. Samantha Tarbuck (BR), 1:11.51; 3. Kranz (BE), 1:13.13; 4. Taylor Diver (BE), 1:15.92; 5. Remster (AM), 1:16.59; 6. Lauren Sara (NO), 1:17.72
400 free relay: 1. Brecksville (Coronel, R. Kotchman, Coughlin, Savage), 3:44.40 (MEET RECORD, old record 3:45.77 set in 2011 by Westlake); 2. North Olmsted, 3:45.05; 3. Avon Lake (Bruce, Rybarczyk, Lambert, Menzer), 3:56.05; 4. Westlake, 3:57.24; 5. Olmsted Falls, 4:01.24; 6. Amherst (Mlincek, Remster, Mallory Golski, Thorson), 4:04.21.