CANTON, Ohio – Junior speedster Aiden Morris earned a podium step with a fine performance in the 100-yard freestyle race, as Rocky River Boys’ Swimming & Diving logged a 15th-place finish in Friday’s Ohio Division II Championships. [results]
Morris qualified for Friday’s championship swim in the 100 free by clocking in with a program-record time of 47.43 seconds in Thursday’s preliminaries. He carded a 5th-place finish in the state final with a time of 47.84. And the 100 free was one of just four events that saw the Pirate junior earn points.
Rocky River came out of Thursday’s preliminaries with five qualifying times, and on Friday the Pirates turned their championship seeds into 47 points.
Morris was in on the lion’s share of those 47. He touched in with a 12th-place finish in the 200 free and was a member of River’s 200 (Morris, Ben Mahoney, Harrison Shaw, Braden Devorace — 10th) and 400 free relay (Shaw, Mahoney, Devorace, Morris — 13th) squads which both earned Friday lanes. The Pirates also carded points in the 200-yard medley relay (Shaw, Tristan Abood, Garrett Morris, Devorace – 14th).
University School (331 points), Hawken (212) and Lexington (133) were the top three team’s were the top three finishers in the Buckeye State’s DII title event which was held at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio.
The meet capped off a tremendous season for the River boys, who on Feb. 4 captured their fourth straight Great Lakes Conference title. Friday’s 15th-place performance marked the Pirates’ best at the state meet since 2015 (11th) and just the program’s third top-20 finish since 1977 (2014—16th, 2015). Aiden Morris’ fifth-place finish in the 100 free marked Rocky River’s first podium performance since 2015.
CANNON FIRE …
FAST FOURSOME: River’s 200 medley relay squad qualified for the state finals with a time of 1:40.99, good for fourth-best in program history.
SENIOR STATE-MENT: Friday’s performances marked a fine finish in the prep careers of Tristan Abood, Ben Mahoney and Harrison Shaw. All three were closing out their senior seasons in state waters.
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