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Boardman grad named MVP

February 25, 2013
Special to the Town Crier

Steven Brooks, a sophomore swimmer for Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and a 2011 graduate of Boardman High School, competed in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships that were held at the James E. Longnecker Pool at Grove City College from Feb. 13 to 16.

The men's team won the PAC title and Brooks was named PAC men's swimming MVP.

His accomplishments in the meet include four provisional B cut times, three Westminster team records, two PAC meet records and a Grove City Pool record.

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Jake Pletz, Matt Baurle, Steven Brooks and Alan Nedley, broke the Westminister College pool record in the 200 medley relay. Brooks is a 2011 Boardman graduate.

On his first day of competition, the 400 medley relay team of Steven Brooks, Matthew Baurle, Alan Nedley and Jake Pletz won with a provisional NCAA, pool, conference and school record time of 3:23.90. Brooks' 100-yard backstroke time of 50.80, the first leg of the relay, also broke an 11-year-old school record. The 200-yard freestyle relay of Dave Starr, Brooks, Dan Guttman and Pletz took fourth place in the finals with a time of 1:24.81. He also placed 4th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.54.

Day two of competition the men's 200 yard medley relay team of Brooks, Baurle, Nedley and Guttman placed second with an NCAA provisional and school record time of 1:33.08. Brooks had another record-breaking performance in the 100-yard backstroke. He touched first with an NCAA provisional time of 50.47. This time broke his own school record that he set the day before.

On the third and final day of the swimming competition, the Titan men swept the first three spots in the 200-yard backstroke. Brooks led the way with a PAC meet record, an NCAA provisional, and school record time of 1:52.43. The final event of the meet was the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Westminster men needed a fifth place finish or better to clinch the championship. David Starr, Brooks, Pletz and Guttman finished third with a time of 3:09.52 winning the PAC title for the men.

Brooks swam for 12 years on the Applewood swim team under coach Carlo Cordon and earned All-Ohio honors as a Spartan swimmer.



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