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Spartan swimmers prepare for Christmas meet

December 15, 2009
Special to the Town Crier
The Boardman varsity swim teams dropped Federal League meets this past Dec. 11 against North Canton Hoover. On the girls side, Boardman had three individual wins. Junior Jessica Gonda won the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.50).  Senior Jeana McEvey won the 100 breaststroke (1:16.51). Junior Ashley Aldan took a first in the 50-yard freestyle (26.17). Boardman also captured first in the girls 200-yard medley relay in the time of 1:59.54. Senior Megan Barringer swam the backstroke followed by Ashley Aldan in the breaststroke. The butterfly leg was swam by Gonda and the freestyle anchor was sophomore Emily Bodamer.  

The boys had two individual victories. Junior Mike Reardon posted a career best time of 2:00.79 in winning the 200 freestyle. Freshman Ryan Bailey won the 100-yard breaststroke in the time of 1:06.94. 

Both the Spartan girls and boys had two relay wins each in the NEAC Relay Meet Dec. 12. Boardman won both boys and girls 200 butterfly relays.  Seniors Ali Azeem and Ryan Mitchell were joined by sophomore Alex Downie and Ryan Bailey to win the boys fly relay in the time of 1:42.88. Gonda, Bodamer, freshman Colleen Manning, and Aldan posted a time of 1:59.00 in winning the girls fly relay. Gonda, Aldan, and Manning were joined by Barringer on the winning 200 backstroke relay (2:03.18).

Bailey and Azeem were teamed with juniors Mike Henson and Steve Moss on the winning 200 medley relay in a season best time of 1:45.84.

On the one meter diving boards Boardman’s Katie Ligore and Katie DiGiacomo teamed to place second overall in the girls diving competition. 

Boardman will be back in the water Dec. 17 at Massillon Perry and in Canton Saturday for the McKinley Christmas Invitational Swim Meet. Over 50 teams from across Ohio converge on Canton in the swim season’s first statewide competition.

Coach Terry O’Halloran said, “The McKinley Christmas Meet is a good test for our swimmers. It gives everyone a chance to see how they stack up against each other. We qualified 20 swimmers and divers which is our largest number in the past 10 years. It will be an excellent experience for our swimmers and divers to compete against the state’s best.”         



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