The Spartan swimmers came out on top on both sides of a hotly contested double dual meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton last weekend.
Leading the boys was sophomore Aaron DunLany, who won both the 200 and 100 freestyle events. DunLany posted a career best time of 1:58.87 in the 200 freestyle to upset Nicholas DePietro (2:00.86) from Glenoak. His winning time in the 100 free was 53.84.
Stepping up for the girls was junior Brooke Bailey who took firsts in the 100 butterfly at 1:00.84 and the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.73. Both Bailey and DunLany and were also on two winning relays.
"The Glenoak and McKinley swim programs have rich winning traditions," said Spartan coach Terry O'Halloran. "Jeff Burrows (Glenoak) and Sam Seiple (McKinley) are recognized across the state for producing many state qualifiers. Taking down two top programs in their own backyard was a thrilling experience for our swimmers. We had 20 career best times and the kids are swimming tired."
According to O'Halloran, when the team started in November, nearly half of the swimmers on the boy's side had never been on a swim team. In two and a half months they are now on winning relays.
"There were a lot of smiles on the faces of the Spartan swimmers and their parents when the scores were announced," O'Halloran said.
Four out of the six Spartan relays came in first. The 200 Freestyle Relays posted winning times of 1:43.65 for the girls and 1:39.61 for the boys. Brooke Bailey, Amanda Moss, Jessica Hilk and Jordyn Markovitch were on the girls relay. Richard Fisher, Ethan Schwendeman, Andrew ONesti and Aaron DunLany were on the boys relay. Sarah Gonda was joined by Bailey, Hilk and Markovitch on the winning Medley Relay at 1:56.46. DunLany and Schwendeman were joined by Tyler Calpin and David Zaitzew on the first place 400 Freestyle Relay, posting a season best time of 3:37.07. Other Spartan individual winners were Jessica Hilk 200 IM 2:23.18, Sarah Gonda 100 backstroke 1:02.87 and Tyler Calpin 100 backstroke 1:02.19.
Season Best Times by Event:
Allison Janak 200 Free 2:19.85
Aaron DunLany 200 Free 1:58.87
David Zaitzew 200 Free 2:04.24
Ethan Schwendeman 200 Free 2:06.41
Jessica Hilk 200 IM 2:23.18
Tim Cunningham 200 IM 2:42.63
Logan Mitchell 50 Free 27.26
A. J. Pantaleo 50 Free 26.81
Nicholas DiGiacomo 100 Fly 1:08.90
Tim Cunningham 100 Fly 1:18.43
Ethan Schwendeman 100 Free 56.78
A. J. Pantaleo 100 Free 1:01.20
Sabrina Kurelko 500 Free 6:37.90
Ariana Pasqual 500 Free 6:52.35
Michael Vidman 500 Free 6:41.50
Noura Azeem 100 Back 1:09.59
Dillon Cailor 100 Back 1:13.88
Aidan Cervello 100 Back 1:14.43
Alexis Stutz 100 Breast 1:25.04
Dominic Mariano 100 Breast 1:23.03