ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – News and notes from Rocky River Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming & Diving:
The Pirates earned a taut split (boys’ loss—96-89 and girls’ win—97-86) on Dec. 19 vs. Strongsville and a convincing sweep (B: 126-54, G: 126-44) on Dec. 28 vs. Fairview in a pair of non-conference meets. River then returned to Great Lakes Conference action with a sweep of Parma on Jan. 10.
In between, Rocky River competed in a large invitational meet – the Jan. 5 Elyria Catholic Pentathlon. That meet contested in fast collegiate waters at Oberlin College.
“The kids had a lot of fun, swam some different events and posted fast times in these recent meets,” said Boys’ Head Coach Mark Harris.
STRONG PERFORMANCES: Rocky River strung together a slew of big efforts in the teams’ closely-scored split against Strongsville, a program that scored a boys’-girls’ sweep of the Greater Cleveland Conference (the Mustang girls went on to place third in the Division I Northwest District meet). The River boys took 5-of-12 races in their seven-point loss. Aiden Morris won two races (200-yard freestyle, 100 free) and was a member of a winning Pirate relay quartet in the 200 free shuttle. … In girls’ action, Rocky River won 8-of-12 against Strongsville. That mark included a 3-for-3 sweep in relay events. With just an 11-point cushion in the final score, two of River’s relays – the 200 and 400 free events – loomed large with close-margin victories. The Pirates took the 200 by a margin of 1.07 seconds and the 400 by the width of a swim cap — .06 seconds. Peyton Spearry was a member of both winning swims.
SILVER & GOLD: The Rocky River girls logged four key 1-2 finishes in the 97-86 win over Strongsville. Mackenzie Schuld and Kira Katterle took first and second in the 500 free. Peyton Spearry and Mackenzie Schuld finished 1-2 in the 100 backstroke. The Schuld sisters – Morgan (first) and Mackenzie (second) – carded the top two spots in the 200 free. And the Burgess sisters took gold and silver in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Katherine Burgess placing first and Hannah Burgess placing second.
PENT-UP AGGRESSION: The combined boys’ and girls’ teams registered over 100 personal bests in the Jan. 5 Elyria Catholic Pentathlon. The ninth renewal of the EC-hosted event was held at Carr Natatorium in Oberlin, Ohio. On the boys’ side, junior Aidan Morris earned a top-5 finish in 4-of-his-5 events; junior Morgan Schuld did likewise on the girls’ side. Schuld took first in the 50-yard backstroke. Junior Anna Skapoulas carded a win in the 50 butterfly. … The River teams took second and first (boys, girls) at the EC Pentathlon (team scores unavailable at time of publication).
ON DECK: Upcoming meets for Rocky River include a Jan. 12 invitational – the Northeast Classic – and a pair of Wednesday GLC duals (Jan. 16 at Valley Forge, Jan. 23 at Bay). The Pirate boys head into those league swims with a dual-meet record of 6-1 on the season. The River girls are 7-0. Both squads are 3-0 in GLC competition.
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