The Poland Seminary High School girls and boys swim team hosted their second home meet at YSU’s Beeghly Natatorium on Thursday, Dec. 9.
Despite strong performances, and a school record-breaking time for the Poland team, both the Canfield boys and girls teams outscored their Poland counterparts, with scores of 125–56 for the girls, and 126–32 on the boys' side.
For the Poland girls, Becca Stewart took first place in both of her individual events, being first to the wall in the 200 free with a time of 2:07.46, and also won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:47.05. Stewart’s time in the 200 free set a new PSHS record in this event, with the prior school record having been in place since 2000.
Other Lady Bulldogs to place first in events were Kayleigh Lavorini, finishing with a time of 1:01.68 in the 100 free. Lavorini also placed third in the 100 breast, coming in with a time of 1:21.34.
Also adding to critical team point were Stephanie Andrews, placing second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:12.42 and also third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:45.56, and placing, Jaci Mullally (third; 50 free, 29.36), Elise Hurtuk (third; 100 back; 1:12.91), Julia Belvedere (fourth; 50 free; 36.49), Madeleine Landry (fourth; 500 free; 8:11.23), Chloe Queen (fifth; 200 IM; 3:09.86), Mullaly (fifth; 100 free; 1:06.88) , Courtney Lilak (fifth; 100 back; 1:30.50), and Sarah Comstock (fifth; 100 breast; 1:36.09).
The Poland girls faced formidable competition in the relay events. In the 200 yard Medley Relay the Poland four-girl team of Hurtuk (back), Lavorini (breast), Andrews (fly) and Mullally (free), were outperformed by the Canfield “A” relay, completing the race in second place with a time of 2:10.13. In the free relays, Canfield dominated as well, with the Poland 200 Free Relay team of Mirhanda Henneman, Queen, Mullaly, and Stewart finishing with a 3rd place time of 2:01.12. In the 400 free relay, the Poland team of Stewart, Andrews, Hurtuk and Lavorini came in second, finishing in 4:14.51.
In the diving competition, Lady Bulldog Celia Mellilo placed 2nd in a competition against three Canfield divers, achieving a score of 172.13.
For the boys, taking second place in both of his individual events was Poland boys captain Ian Harker, coming in with a time of 2:06.88 in the 200 free, and 1:10.93 in the 100 breast.
Additional Poland points contributing to the boys score were added by Sam Cowles (third; 100 back; 1:19.27 as well as fourth; 100 fly; 1:20.81), Jake Amon (third; 50 free; 27.84 and fifth; 100 breast; 1:27.60), Matt Misko (third; 500 free; 7:01.35), Matt Robich (fourth; 100 free; 1:00.73 and fourth; 100 back;1:21.43), and Kyle Kirin (fifth; 100 free; 1:25.34).
With a time of 2:15.55, the Poland boys 200 medley relay placed second (Robich, back; Misko, breast; Cowles, fly, and Amon free). They also placed third in the 400 free relay (Robich, Amon, Cowles, Harker), finishing with a time of 4:16.59.