The Spartan girls swim team opened the 2011 dual meet season with a dominating performance over rivals Wooster, Canfield, and Warren Harding. Boardman placed first with 181, Wooster was second scoring 152, Canfield was third with 109, and Harding came in fourth with 103 points. The boys team scores included Canfield winning with 150, Wooster was second with 149, Harding placed third with 136, and Boardman was fourth with 105.
Both Boardman teams (boys and girls) took firsts in the opening 200-yard medley relays. Freshmen Sarah Gonda, Brooke Bailey, senior Emily Bodamer, and sophomore Jessica Hilk swam a winning time of 1:57.46. Senior Alex Downie, junior Ryan Bailey, senior Alec Santamas, and junior Nick Barone posted a winning time of 1:43.99. The girls also placed first in 200 and 400 free relays. Bodamer and Bailey teamed with sophomore Jordyn Markovitch and junior Colleen Manning to win the 200 free relay with a 1:46.14. Markovitch, Gonda, Hilk, and Manning nailed down the 400 relay in a winning time of 3:57.01.
In the individual events Ryan Bailey and Manning had double wins. Ryan Bailey won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Manning took firsts in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Brooke Bailey won the 100 butterfly and Downie won the 100 backstroke. Gonda swam the fastest time ever as a freshman in the 100 backstroke. Her new time of 1:04.34 broke the old record of 1:04.57 set by Manning in 2010.
“Winning the quad meet was significant event for our girls. They took the lead after the first event and never looked back," coach Terry O’Halloran said. "Even though it is early in the season, I liked the team chemistry and competitive nature of both teams. Most of the close races went our way. Another reason we are more competitive this season is that we now have female divers and a new diving coach, Ron Navarra.”
Freshman Lily Testa placed second while sophomore Carrie Powell placed fourth in the diving in the quad meet.
“We are no longer giving away diving points on the girls' side,” O’Halloran said.