Senior Boardman swimmer Ryan Bailey won the 100-yard butterfly title at the 2013 Ohio State High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Bailey's time of 49.43 was three-tenths of a second faster than Cincinnati St. Xavier's senior Ian Wooley. It was the fourth time that a Spartan swimmer has stood on top of the awards platform during the team's 28-year history. Boardman's last state champion was Tyler O'Halloran, who won two titles in 2003 and another one in 2002. Bailey also placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a school record and automatic All-American time of 56.94. His preliminary time of 48.92 in the butterfly was a new Boardman school record and automatic All-American time. In his four year career, Bailey has posted three All-American time standards. Previous Spartan All-Americans include Tyler O'Halloran, Conner O'Halloran, Brian Worhatch, Kenny Drombosky, and Mike Barringer.
Bailey said the feeling of winning the race was "really indescribable."
"It is the best thing I have ever experienced. I have worked hard every day to accomplish this goal since last year's meet. It's been my life's biggest goal up to this point. I was very excited to bring the gold medal back to Boardman," Bailey said. "We were really surprised and pleased to see the Boardman police waiting for the team bus on the border with Canfield and having them escort us back to the high school."
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Brooke Bailey, Gaby DeAscentis, Ryan Bailey, Colleen Manning, Jordyn Markovitch, and in front, Jessica Hilk represented Boardman High School at the State Swim Meet last weekend. Bailey was crowned state champ in the 100-yard butterfly and took fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Bailey will continue his swimming career next year at the United States Naval Academy.
The Boardman girls placed 22nd in the state in the 200 freestyle relay and 23rd in the 400 free relay. Sophomore Brooke Bailey led off both relays followed by juniors Jordyn Markovitch and Jessica Hilk. Senior Colleen Manning anchored both relays. It was the first time that the Spartan ladies ever qualified the 400 free relay.
Head coach Terry O'Halloran had this to say about the weekend swims and state championship title.
"Ryan was focused and ready to swim this weekend. He handled the pressure like a pro. Division I State titles are hard to come by and celebrated when they happen. Our girls 200 and 400 free relays were slightly off their district school record times in prelims on Friday but still showed their Spartan pride by swimming the second best times in school history in those events," said coach Terry O'Halloran. "Also, we would not be in this meet if it wasn't for the two guys I coach with, Carlo Cordon and Chad DeAngelo. They are always coming up with new ideas and better ways to get the best out of our swimmers. Overall, we have had a dream season and obviously one for the record books. In a couple days we will start planning on how to get back to the big show next year."
The Boardman High School swim team has qualified swimmers to the Ohio State High School Division I Swimming and Diving Championships for the past 14 years.