Senior Ashley Aldan led the Spartan girls' team to a third place team finish out of 15 teams at the Girls South Division I Sectional Swim Meet at Akron University. The Boardman girls broke a total of six schools records, one meet record, and qualified all three relays while advancing seven swimmers to the Northeast District Championships at Cleveland State University on Feb. 19.
Aldan set a new meet and school record in the 100-yard breaststroke. Aldan swam a 1:06.21 breaking the old mark of 1:06.93 set by Hayley Robinson in 2003. She also broke her own 50 free record of 24.88 on the front end of the record-breaking 200 freestyle relay by swimming a 24.62. She was joined on the relay by Jordyn Markovitch, Emily Bodamer and Colleen Manning.
The girls' new school record time was 1:40.70. The records continued to fall by the girls setting new school marks in the 200 medley and 400 free relays. The Spartan medley of Gaby DeAscentis, Aldan, Jessica Gonda, and Bodamer posted a second place school record time of 1:52.20. In the 400 free relay, Manning, Markovitch, Bodamer, and Aldan placed second in a school record time of 3:42.83.
Sophomore Colleen Manning snapped the school record in the 200 freestyle. Manning’s second place time of time of 1:59.98 broke the mark of 2:00.37 set by Jackie Bak in 1988.
“The girl’s team was on fire. The first event of the morning was the 200 medley relay. They were seeded at a 1:57 and went a record time of 1:52. Right after that Colleen Manning breaks one of our oldest school records in the 200 freestyle. How do you explain that when these girls were piling on a cold school bus at 5 in the morning to go to Akron?" said coach Terry O’Halloran. "Taking down six school records in one meet has never happened in our 26-year history.”
Jessica Gonda also placed second in the butterfly in a career best time of 1:03.55.
Sophomore Ryan Bailey led the Spartans boys team to a second place team finish behind North Canton Hoover. Bailey had first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 yard breaststroke. His time of 59.44 in the breaststroke set a new sectional meet record. Bailey posted a 52.65 in winning the butterfly. The Boardman boys also qualified all three relays and eight swimmers to the district meet. Bailey, Tommy Slagle, Mike Henson, and Steven Moss won the 200 free relay in a season best time of 1:29.61. Henson, Bailey, Alex Downie, and Moss took second place in the medley in a season best time of 1:40.62. The Spartan boys captured second place in the 400 freestyle relay in the time of 3:22.50. The 400 relay team was made up of Moss, Mike Reardon, Slagle, and Henson.
In other individual events Alex Downie placed second in the 100 butterfly in a career best time of 54.84. Senior Steven Brooks finished second in the 100 backstroke in a career best time of 55.86.
Coach O’Halloran said, “Our boys swam a great meet against some very strong teams. Ryan Bailey had an awesome meet. Winning two sectional events and setting a sectional meet record as a sophomore was very impressive. All of our boys swam their best times.”
The following individual swimmers also qualified for the district meet. Gonda will swim the 200 individual medley. Manning is in the 100 freestyle. Markovitch qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyle. DeAscentis is in the 100 backstroke. Bodamer is in the 50 yard freestyle. Junior Megan Werth is competing in the 100 breaststroke. Reardon is in the 200 freestyle. Brooks will swim the 50 freestyle. Slagle is in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Alec Santamas will be in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. Henson is in the 100 backstroke.
Team standing for the sectional meet were as follows:
Girls- Hoover: 308, Massillon Jackson: 297, Boardman: 229, GlenOak: 215, Canton McKinley: 199, Wooster: 194, Canfield: 188, Green: 156, Wadsworth: 109, Massillon: 99, Massillon Perry: 98, Harding: 60, Lake: 38, Barberton: 10.
Boys- Hoover: 340, Boardman: 280, Canfield: 242, Harding: 236, Jackson: 211, Wooster: 204, McKinley: 165, Perry: 143, GlenOak: 136, Wadsworth: 133, Green: 69, Lake: 58, Baberton: 34, Massillon Washington: 32.