AKRON, Ohio – The Rocky River boys squad has qualified 10 athletes to move forward in 21 district events, as the Pirates placed second among 23 teams at Friday’s Division II sectional meet at the Ocasek Natatorium on the campus of the University of Akron.
On the strength of three wins, a third and a slew of top-10s, River scored 271 points in the meet; only Canfield (302) scored more.
“The boys today were fun to watch today,” said Head Coach Mark Harris. “The culture of this team continues to buy in to what we as coaches believe can produce champions.”
Leading the way for the Maroon & White on Friday was an athlete who by the end of the day in Akron could lay claim to three sectional titles. Senior Elijah Linville won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke in addition to swimming the second leg of a Rocky River 200 medley relay that carded first place. In the 200 IM. Linville touched in with a personal-best time of 2:03.30 and finished three seconds clear of the run-up.
Swimmers posting top-24 times in the sectional meet advance to the district level. River’s qualifiers:
Liam Smith – 200 IM, 100 breast
Ben Krampitz – 100 fly
Tristan Abood – 100 breast
Elijah Linville – 200 IM, 100 breast
Garrett Morris – 200 IM, 100 fly
Alec Robertson – 200 and 500 free
Ben Mahoney – 200 and 500 free
Josiah Sayer – 2,000 IM, 100 back
Aiden Morris – 200 free, 100 free
Harrison Shaw – 100 back, 500 free
Rocky River also qualified for the district meet in each of three relays: 200 medley, 200 free, 400 free.
The Pirate girls team will compete in its Division I sectional on Saturday.
The Northeast District Championships will be contested at the Robert Busby Natatorium at Cleveland State University on Feb. 17.
CANNON FIRE …
PIRATES PREVAIL IN WEST-SIDE RUMBLE: Rocky River’s JV swimmers performed well in a season-end meet against Avon, Avon Lake and Bay Village on Feb. 1. The quartet of Andy Paskert, Dylan Smith, Chris Read, and Igli Sulce bookended the meet with wins in the 200-yard medley relay the 400 free relay. Chris Read, Andy Paskert, and Dylan Smith also took the top three places in the 50 free. On the girls’ side, Marcella Pfaff won the 100-yard breaststroke. Ali Ritvo, Elise Somers, Teghan Abood, Livia Dubbs, Lillian Beach, and Elizabeth Douglas all posted lifetime best swims in various events.
END GOAL: The 2018 OHSAA Swimming & Diving State Tournament will be held at the C.T. Branin in Canton, Ohio, o Feb. 21-24.
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