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2021-22 Swimming and Diving All-Southwestern Conference Honors

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The Southwestern Conference has announced the 2021-22 swimming and diving individual award winners and All-Southwestern Conference teams, as selected by the Championship Meet results and conference coaches. Avon’s Alex Downing and Avon Lake’s Joe Swain were named the Most Valuable Swimmers. Mary Bartek of Amherst Steele was named the SWC Girls Coach of the Year while Avon Lake’s Daniel Smith was named the Boys Coach of the Year.

2021-22 Girls Swimming and Diving All-Southwestern Conference Honors

Most Valuable Swimmer
Alex Downing – Avon

Coach of the Year
Mary Bartek – Amherst Steele

First Team All-Southwestern Conference
One Meter Diving – Emma Schum – Avon Lake
200 Yard Medley Relay – Abby Downing, Bridget Kurtzweil, Rayna Swope, Eva Molenaar – Avon
200 Yard Freestyle – Mallory Machay – Avon
200 Yard IM – Bridget Kurtzweil – Avon
50 Yard Freestyle – Sierra Dorobek – Amherst Steele
100 Yard Butterfly – Alex Downing – Avon
100 Yard Freestyle – Abby Calaway – Berea-Midpark
500 Yard Freestyle – Mallory Mackay – Avon
200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Bridget Kurtzweil, Eva Molenaar, Violet Siftar, Mallory Mackay – Avon
100 Yard Backstroke – Alex Downing – Avon
100 Yard Breaststroke – Bridget Kurtzweil – Avon
400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Mallory Mackay, Rayna Swope, Sara Lipowski, Alex Downing – Avon

Second Team All-Southwestern Conference
One Meter Diving – Bella Pfeil – Avon Lake
200 Yard Medley Relay – Allison McDaniel, Katie Williams, Jenna Kennedy, Natalie Hivov – Avon Lake
200 Yard Freestyle – Grace Grove – Amherst Steele
200 Yard IM – Katie Williams – Avon Lake
50 Yard Freestyle – Abby Calaway – Berea-Midpark
100 Yard Butterfly – Rayna Swope – Avon
100 Yard Freestyle – Eva Molenaar – Avon
500 Yard Freestyle – Sierra Dorobek – Amherst Steele
200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Sierra Dorobek, Grace Grove, AJ Sliman, Jaidyn McKee – Amherst Steele
100 Yard Backstroke – Rayna Swope – Avon
100 Yard Breastroke – Katie Williams – Avon Lake
400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Sierra Dorobek, Grace Grove, Kenzie Molnar, AJ Sliman – Amherst Steele

Honorable Mention All-Southwestern Conference
Amherst Steele
Claire Petrillo, Estella Woodworth

Avon
Elly Huron, Ashley Porr

Avon Lake
Bella Pfeil

Berea-Midpark
Morgan Hartman, Eliza Wegner

Elyria
Kathryn Holliday, Lillian Parker

North Ridgeville
Larisa Indries, Stephanie Trimbitas

Olmsted Falls
Lillie Katsaras, Maddie Swanson

2021-22 Boys Swimming and Diving All-Southwestern Conference Honors

Most Valuable Swimmer
Joe Swain – Avon Lake

Coach of the Year
Daniel Smith – Avon Lake

First Team All-Southwestern Conference
One Meter Diving – Ethan Belak – Amherst Steele
200 Yard Medley Relay – Joe Swain, Tyler Grabowski, Dakota Bedient, Nick Haven – Avon Lake
200 Yard Freestyle – Joe Swain – Avon Lake
200 Yard IM – Brady Link – Olmsted Falls
50 Yard Freestyle – Ethan Belak – Amherst Steele
100 Yard Butterfly – Jackson Stump – Olmsted Falls
100 Yard Freestyle – Nick Haven – Avon Lake
500 Yard Freestyle – Jackson Stump – Olmsted Falls
200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Tyler Grabowski, Nathan Buck, Logan King, Nick Haven
100 Yard Backstroke – Joe Swain – Avon Lake
100 Yard Breaststroke – Tyler Grabowski – Avon Lake
400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Dakota Bedient, Quinn Korneker, Nathan Buck, Joe Swain – Avon Lake

Second Team All-Southwestern Conference
One Meter Diving – Grant Higgins – Avon
200 Yard Medley Relay – Brady Link, Josh Wickert, Jackson Stump, Ben Frazier – Olmsted Falls
200 Yard Freestyle – Michael Petrillo – Amherst Steele
200 Yard IM – Dakota Bedient – Avon Lake
50 Yard Freestyle – Nick Haven – Avon Lake
100 Yard Butterfly – Andrew Margolin – North Ridgeville
100 Yard Freestyle – Quinn Kroneker – Avon Lake
500 Yard Freestyle – Michael Petrillo – Amherst Steele
200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Jack Tindera, Michael Halligan, Gedd Meridores, Alex Rini – Avon
100 Yard Backstroke – Tugso Bayarbadrakh – Avon Lake
100 Yard Breaststroke – Joey Bell – Avon
400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Ethan Belak, Chris Turner, Jaden Orlandi, Michael Petrillo – Amherst Steele

Honorable Mention All-Southwestern Conference
Amherst Steele
Ethan Homolya, Mason Kinser

Avon
Ryan Flaherty, Nick Mackin

Avon Lake
Nick Haven

Berea-Midpark
Ethan Dort, Evan Kehoe

Elyria
Maxwell Bedocs

North Ridgeville
Aaron Dunstan, Stephen Watt

Olmsted Falls
Quinn Kennedy

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Avon Lake Wins Boys Swimming Conference Championship

The Avon Lake boys swimming & diving team had a tremendous day in the Southwestern Conference Championships, winning the title outright for the first time in 21 years on Saturday evening at the Robert F. Busby Natatorium at Cleveland State University.

The Shoremen finished the day with 418 points, while Avon placed second with 229 points, edging out Amherst Steele (201). Berea-Midpark ended up in fourth place (196) and Olmsted Falls took fifth-place honors (155).

Final Scores
1. Avon Lake – 418
2. Avon – 229
3. Amherst Steele – 201
4. Berea-Midpark – 196
5. Olmsted Falls – 155
6. North Ridgeville – 125
7. Elyria – 6

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Avon and Avon Lake Receive Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

SWC

Following meets on January 24th – January 30th the boys and girls swimmers/divers of the week for the Southwestern Conference were announced this afternoon. Below are this week’s honorees:

Female Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Alex Downing (So)
Avon
Downing broke three Southwestern Conference meet records on her way to winning four events and leading the Eagles to a team championship.  She broke the 100 fly, the 100 back and was on a record breaking 200 medley relay team.  She was also a member of Avon’s winning 400 free relay team.

Male Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Joe Swain (Jr)
Avon Lake
Swain was instrumental in clinching the decisive SWC championship win.  Broke the SWC meet record and school record in both of his individual events 200 free (1:43.04) and 100 backstroke (52.04).  Avon Lake won the team conference title outright for the first time in 21 years.

 

 

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2022 Southwestern Conference Swimming and Diving Championship Information

The 2022 Southwestern Conference Swimming and Diving Championship will be held on Saturday January 29th.  Information for the Championship Meet can be found below.

LOCATIONS
Diving:
Berea-Midpark Middle School
7000 Paula Drive
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Swimming:
Cleveland State University Busbey Natatorium
2451 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Berea City School District and Cleveland State University require face coverings to be worn over the mouth and nose at all times anywhere in the facility for all coaches, workers and spectators.  Athletes must wear a face covering at all times in the facility, except when actively swimming.  Failure to adhere to this will result in removal from the facility.

STARTING TIMES
Diving Warm Up – Saturday, January 29th , 8:30 am @ BMMS
Diving Competition – Saturday, January 29th, 9:30 am @ BMMS
Swimming Warm Up – Saturday, January 29th, 4:00 pm @ CSU
Swimming Competition – Saturday, January 29th, 5:00 pm @ CSU

ADMISSION
All ticket sales will be online only through Hometown Ticketing.  Admission is $7.00 per person.
Ticket Link: https://avonlakesports.com/event-tickets

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Avon Receives Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

SWC

Following meets on January 17th – January 23rd the boys and girls swimmers/divers of the week for the Southwestern Conference were announced this afternoon. Below are this week’s honorees:

Female Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Violet Siftar (So)
Avon
The Eagles’ sophomore earned nine event wins in meets this week against Amherst, Elyria and Nordonia.  Siftar dropped eight seconds on her 500 free time, and six seconds on her 100 butterfly for new personal bests.

Male Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Gedd Meridores (Jr)
Avon
Meridores set personal best in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle last week.  He dropped six seconds in the 200 free and two seconds in the 100 free to help the Eagles pull off a narrow three point victory over Amherst Steele.

Other Notable Performances

Stephen Watt (Jr), North Ridgeville
Watt set a personal best in the 500 free and earned two event wins against Berea-Midpark last week.

 

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Avon and Amherst Steele Receive Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

SWC

Following meets on January 10th – January 16th the boys and girls swimmers/divers of the week for the Southwestern Conference were announced this afternoon. Below are this week’s honorees:

Female Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Mallory MacKay (Jr)
Avon
MacKay picked up three event wins in Avon’s senior day victory over Berea-Midpark.  The junior broke the Avon record in the 500 freestyle.  She was a finalist in all four events at the Northeast Classic over the weekend.  MacKay placed seventh in the 200 freestyle, .05 seconds off the top time in the Northwest District this season.  She placed 17th in the 100 freestyle with a new NW District leading time.  MacKay was also a member of Avon’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams which eclipsed the Avon school records and Lorain County Division 1 records.

Other Notable Performances

Olivia Slivinski (So), Avon Lake
Returning from knee surgery, Slivinski won the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle as well as being a member of the 200 freestyle relay team in Avon Lake’s win over Olmsted Falls.  The Shoregals finished their dual meet season with only one loss on the year.

Male Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Ethan Belak (Sr)
Amherst Steele
Ethan Belak broke a 20 year Amherst Steele school record the other night when he earned first place in diving against Olmsted Falls.  Belak even filled in and took second in the 100 breaststroke and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team.

 

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Avon and Avon Lake Receive Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

SWC

Following meets on January 3rd – January 9th the boys and girls swimmers/divers of the week for the Southwestern Conference were announced this afternoon. Below are this week’s honorees:

Female Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Alex Downing (So)
Avon
Downing picked up eight event wins in Avon’s double dual with Olmsted Falls and Strongsville.  In the victories, Downing broke the North Olmsted Recreation Pool record in the 100 butterfly.

Other Notable Performances

Grace Grove (Fr), Amherst Steele
The Comet freshman took second in the 100 butterfly, first in the 100 backstroke and was on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay at Saturday’s Eagle Open.

Bella Pfeil (So), Avon Lake
Pfeil earned her first diving victory in Avon Lake’s team win over Sandusky Perkins with her score of 233.8.

Abby Calaway (Sr), Berea-Midpark
Three meets in five days, Calaway racked up 11 first place finishes out of 12 races.  The senior set the Berea-Midpark record in the 100 freestyle with her time of 54.46.

Male Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Joe Swain (Jr)
Avon Lake
Swain won all four of his events, helping the Shoremen win the Eagle Open on Saturday.  The junior set a new pool record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.23.  He finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.2 and his 100 freestyle split as the lead-off in the winning 400 freestyle relay was a 50.6.

Other Notable Performances

Evan Kehoe (Fr), Berea-Midpark
Berea-Midpark’s freshman won 11 of 12 races last week swimming against Fairview Park, Valley Forge and Elyria.

Brady Link (So), Olmsted Falls
Link was undefeated last week in winning the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle against Avon as well as swimming on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.  Link was an individual champion in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke Saturday at the Eagle Open.

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Avon Lake and North Ridgeville Receive Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

SWC

Following meets on December 13th – December 20th the boys and girls swimmers/divers of the week for the Southwestern Conference were announced this afternoon. Below are this week’s honorees:

Female Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Emma Schumm (Sr)
Avon Lake
Schumm has won all but one diving contest this winter, as the senior continues to shine for the Shoregals.  Last week against Elyria, Schumm had her best score of the season, posting a score of 247.5 against Elyria.

Other Notable Performances

Bridget Kurtzweil (Jr), Avon
Kurtzweil picked up two wins in Avon’s dual with Sandusky.  Over the weekend the Eagles competed at the Northwest Classic Meet in Bowling Green where Kurtweil picked up two more victories as well as some broken records.  She broke the meet record as part of the winning 200 Medley Relay team and broke the Avon High School record in the 200 IM.  The junior also finished second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Male Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Andrew Margolin (Jr)
North Ridgeville
North Ridgeville’s Andrew Margolin set a new school record in the 400M Freestyle last week to etch his name into the Ranger record books.

Other Notable Performances

Nick Haven (Jr), Avon Lake
In the last three meets, Haven has won every one of his events and has helped the Shoremen relay teams to six first place finishes.

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Avon and Olmsted Falls Receive Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

SWC

Following meets on December 6th – December 12th the boys and girls swimmers/divers of the week for the Southwestern Conference were announced this afternoon. Below are this week’s honorees:

Female Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Rayna Swope (Jr)
Avon
The Avon junior finished the week with nine wins and three second place finishes in the Eagles’ victories over Avon Lake, Chardon and Solon this past week.  Swope set PRs in the 50 Butterfly (27.2), the 100 Butterfly (1:01.2) and the 100 Backstroke (1:02.3) to guide Avon.

Male Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Jackson Stump (So)
Olmsted Falls
Stump set a new Olmsted Falls record by 1.5 seconds in the 100 Butterfly on way to sweeping four events in wins over North Ridgeville and Elyria.  The sophomore won the 100 Backstroke and was a part of the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay.

Other Notable Performances

Grant Higgins (So), Avon
Higgins broke Avon’s diving record with a 232.20 in his performance against Avon Lake.  Th sophomore broke the record by 23 points.

Andrew Margolin (Jr), North Ridgeville
Margolin won five events this week (200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly) for the Rangers.

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