December 18, 2014

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H.S. Swimming: Amherst girls finish 2nd at Southwestern Conference meet

Amherst's Allie Thorson swims during the Girl's 200 Yard Freestyle at Westlake Recreation Center Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Amherst’s Allie Thorson swims during the Girl’s 200 Yard Freestyle at Westlake Recreation Center Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — The Amherst girls have had a difficult time in the Southwestern Conference since the program’s inception in 1997-98. That changed Saturday at the 33rd annual conference championship meet at Westlake Rec.

The Amherst girls finished second behind four-time defending champ Brecksville, 370-245, the Comets’ best-ever finish. Their previous best was a third-place tie in 2006. Avon Lake (223) was third.

The Amherst girls matched what the Amherst boys accomplished earlier in the day.

Brecksville (377) dominated the boys meet, but three-time defending winner Amherst (269) rallied past Berea (258) in the last event — the 400 free relay — by outscoring the Braves 54-34 to finish second. The Comets’ A, B and C relays placed second, fourth and 10th in the 400 free.

Junior Holly Lamb and sophomore Allie Thorson were catalysts for the Amherst girls.
Lamb won the diving title Friday by topping Avon Lake senior Emily Krause, 402.15-339.05. Lamb is the first Amherst girl to win the SWC diving crown since Kelley Strohacker in 2000-01.

“My best dive was a front double pike,” said Lamb, who was second last year and is a two-time district qualifier. “It was my second dive for the day. It really set the tone for the rest of the meet (11 dives total). It’s a 2.3 DD (degree of difficulty). I scored a 47.35 on it. My back 1½ was a little shaky, but I came back well after that.

“I scouted Emily at a couple meets. I was worried about her and Carson Greco (from Westlake). Today was a great shot in the arm for sectionals and districts and hopefully state.”

Thorson was second in the 200 free (2:02.39) and 500 free (5:30.42) and a member of the third-place 200 free (1:46.73) and 400 free (3:53.96) relays.

“I couldn’t be happier,” she said. “Every girl from our team gave it 110 percent. It was a big goal. Every day at practice this week we said we’re going to conference and getting second. It’s a moment that’ll last forever. All my teammates have been working their hardest. Every one of them. We fought through the pain and finished every race.”

Amherst took over second for good after the 200 free relay. It scored three relays for the event to take a 182-169 lead over Avon Lake.

Last year, the Amherst girls were fifth with 152 points.

The Amherst boys positioned themselves well heading into the last event, trailing Berea only 224-214.

The Comet A relay of sophomore Dave Burgett, junior Mitch Sebok, senior Gabe Pecze and senior Jordan Ault matched its seeding as it finished second (3:30.40). The B relay of sophomore Matt Pecze, junior Spencer Machesky, junior Mike Prieto and senior Jordan Kneisel was seeded No. 7 but finished fourth (3:42.25).

“My coaches switched me from the B to the A relay and dropped Kneisel down,” Gabe Pecze said. “They figured I was capable of holding my ground. Today’s performance was a great mental boost for us for sectionals, districts and state. We were pretty tired coming into today.”

“We had heavy hitters last year and we graduated all those guys,” Ault said. “I couldn’t be happier seeing that not affect us at all.”

The Avon Lake girls led Amherst through seven of 11 events before finishing third. The Shoregals finished one place higher than a year ago.

Freshman Libby Smith led the Avon Lake girls despite a sore left knee. Smith was second in the 100 breast (1:12.50) and third in the 200 IM (2:22.33). She was second as a member of the 400 free relay (3:52.57) and third as a member of the 200 medley relay (1:59.93).

“We’re especially happy with how today went, especially since we weren’t tapered,” Smith said. “We really weren’t expecting that much. With how everything turned out we’re very excited. I swim with Amherst coach Mary Bartek on our club team (Lake Shore Swim Club) so we know each other very well.”

Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Boys
Team scores: 1. Brecksville (BR), 377; 2. Amherst (AM), 269; 3. Berea-Midpark (BM), 258; 4. Westlake (W), 209; 5. North Olmsted (NO), 114; 6. Avon Lake (AL), 91; 7. Olmsted Falls (OF), 67
200 medley relay 1. Brecksville A (Matt Martin, Tyler Thompson, Mark Krusinski, Ryan Charbonneau), 1:40.95 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:41.75 set in 1998 by Avon Lake); 2. Westlake, 1:44.74; 3. Berea-Midpark, 1:44.86; 4. North Olmsted, 1:47.82; 5. Brecksville B, 1:51.21; 6. Amherst, 1:52.79
200 free: 1. Krusinski (BR), 1:49.59; 2. Jordan Ault (AM), 1:52.73; 3. Dave Burgett (AM), 1:53.25; 4. Zach Collins (AL), 1:54.29; 5. Connor Ticherich (BM), 1:54.33; 6. Tommy Petro (OF), 1:55.52
200 IM: 1. Thompson (BR), 2:10.35; 2. Jake Bolton (OF), 2:10.93; 3. Nick Deuch (BR), 2:13.87; 4. Kevin Waitrovich (W), 2:16.57; 5. Gabe Pecze (AM), 2:16.99; 6. Matt Pecze (AM), 2:16.99
50 free: 1. Charbonneau (BR), 21.42 (MEET RECORD, 22.00 set in 2000 by Avon Lake’s Brad Bartel); 2. Ryan Sara (NO), 22.16; 3. Quenten Cipra (BM), 22.65; 4. Ray Klebowski (BM), 22.68; 5. Jake Bechtel (W), 23.42; 6. Mitch Sebok (AM), 23.73
Diving: 1. Nate Harper (BM), 484.65; 2. Tyler Nock (AL), 447.20; 3. Brett Purgason (NO), 345.65; 4. Dominic Campo (W), 306.10; 5. Matt Akers (W), 301.45; 6. Joe Gerrone (AL), 242.45
100 fly: 1. Krusinski (BR), 53.94; 2. Joe Knurek (W), 56.86; 3. Petro (OF), 57.24; 4. Sebok (AM), 59.51; 5. Joe Grospitch (BM), 1:00.09; 6. Anthony Savena (BR), 1:00.26
100 free: 1. Charbonneau (BR), 48.26; 2. Sara (NO), 48.73; 3. Klebowski (BM), 50.20; 4. Bechtel (W), 51.60; 5. Ault (AM), 51.90; 6. Collin Hughes (W), 52.61
500 free: 1. Martin (BR), 5:09.29; 2. Burgett (AM), 5:14.22; 3. Collins (AL), 5:16.34; 4. Ticherich (BM), 5:16.36; 5. Gabe Pecze (AM), 5:19.67; 6. Jimmy Humel (BR), 5:24.65
200 free relay: 1. Berea-Midpark (Brian Salisbury, Cipra, Ticherich, Klebowski), 1:32.50 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:32.53 set in 2010 set by Westlake); 2. Westlake, 1:33.14; 3. North Olmsted, 1:36.07; 4. Brecksville, 1:36.33; 5. Amherst, 1:36.80; 6. Brecksville, 1:40.66
100 back: 1. Knurek (W), 58.11; 2. Martin (BR), 58.67; 3. Savena (BR), 1:00.45; 4. Matt Pecze (AM), 1:01.21; 5. Jared Kinkopf (NO), 1:01.80; 6. Salisbury (BE), 1:02.75
100 breast: 1. Thompson (BR), 1:01.52; 2. Cipra (BM), 1:00.40; 3. Bolton (OF), 1:05.63; 4. Waitrovich (W), 1:05.81; 5. Deuch (BR), 1:07.46; 6. Machesky (AM), 1:08.43
400 free relay: 1. Brecksville A (Krusinski, Humel, Martin, Charbonneau), 3:32.15; 2. Amherst A, 3:30.40; 3. Berea-Midpark, 3:32.07; 4. Amherst B, 3:42.25; 5. Brecksville, 3:43.71; 6. Avon Lake, 3:44.08

Girls
Team scores: 1. Brecksville, 370; 2. Amherst, 245; 3. Avon Lake, 223; 4. Westlake, 176; 5. Olmsted Falls, 149; 6. North Olmsted, 133; 7. Berea-Midpark, 99
200 medley relay: 1. Brecksville A (Anna Coronel, Samantha Tarbuck, Paige Coughlin, Rachel Kotchman), 1:54.67 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:55.36 set in 2004 by Rocky River); 2. North Olmsted, 1:57.83; 3. Avon Lake, 1:59.93; 4. Brecksville B, 2:01.51; 5. Olmsted Falls, 2:04.85; 6. Amherst, 2:05.36
200 free: 1. Coughlin (BR), 2:00.78; 2. Allie Thorson (AM), 2:02.39; 3. Maggie Guilfoyle (W), 2:04.75; 4. Halle Kotchman (BR), 2:07.00; 5. Colleen Hoke (W), 2:07.51; 6. Kasey O’Rourke (AL), 2:11.28
200 IM: 1. Jubilee Winar (BR), 2:18.35; 2. Tarbuck (BR), 2:20.64; 3. Libby Smith (AL), 2:22.33; 4. Lauren Sara (NO), 2:30.95; 5. Kate Heine (OF), 2:31.32; 6. Rose Doherty (BR), 2:31.82
50 free: 1. Puente (NO), 25.37; 2. Rachel Kotchman (BR), 25.43; 3. Brittany Menzer (AL), 26.05; 4. Olivia Walther (AM), 26.71; 5. Katie Knezevich (BM), 26.95; 6. Heather Wigton (AM), 27.00
Diving: 1. Holly Lamb (AM), 402.15; 2. Emily Krause (AL), 339.05; 3. Carson Greco (W), 326.15; 4. Megan Peepers (AL), 321.65; 5. Emily Lambert (AL), 317.65; 6. Danielle Mroski (BM), 295.15
100 fly: 1. Jacky Jarachovic (NO), 1:00.70; 2. Coughlin (BR), 1:02.40; 3. Becca Prexta (W), 1:02.61; 4. Halle Kotchman (BR), 1:05.04; 5. Catrionna Bruce (AL), 1:05.68; 6. Brianna Rodriguez (BM), 1:06.79
100 free: 1. Coronel (BR), 55.20; 2. Jarachovic (NO), 55.55; 3. Rachel Kotchman (BR), 55.98; 4. Puente (NO), 56.08; 5. Menzer (AL), 56.67; 6. Walther (AM), 58.15
500 free: 1. Winar (BR), 5:29.23; 2. Thorson (AL), 5:30.42; 3. Guilfoyle (W), 5:30.69; 4. Colleen Hoke (W), 5:43.97; 5. O’Rourke (AL), 5:44.89; 6. Mallory Chodkiewicz (BR), 5:52.71
200 free relay: 1. Brecksville (Maddy Schimpf, Halle Kotchman, Tarbuck, Winar), 1:45.63; 2. North Olmsted, 1:45.79; 3. Amherst, 1:46.73; 4. Amherst, 1:47.16; 5. Olmsted Falls, 1:49.83; 6. Avon Lake, 1:51.31
100 back: 1. Coronel (BR), 1:02.34; 2. Prexta (W), 1:04.02; 3. Sarah Mowery (OF), 1:05.68; 4. Schimpf (BR), 1:05.71; 5. Bruce (AL), 1:05.75; 6. Rachael Cathey (AM), 1:08.72
100 breast: 1. Tarbuck (BR), 1:11.68; 2. Smith (AL), 1:12.50; 3. Taylar Diver (BM), 1:14.34; 4. Sara (NO), 1:15.32; 5. Doherty (BR), 1:16.35; 6. Kayla Drager (BE), 1:17.73
400 free relay: 1. Brecksville (Coronel, Coughlin, Winar, Rachel Kotchman), 3:46.14; 2. Avon Lake, 3:52.57; 3. Amherst, 3:53.96; 4. Westlake, 3:55.87; 5. Berea-Midpark, 4:01.82; 6. Olmsted Falls, 4:05.11