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It came down to the very end, but Tallmadge sophomore Alex Krukemeyer edged out Gunnar Meyer, one of Aurora’s top swimmers, by a little more than a half second to win the 200-yard individual medley Jan. 25 at Aurora in a Suburban League American Conference meet.
Krukemeyer’s time was 2 minutes, 46.33 seconds.
Team-wise, the Blue Devils defeated the Greenmen 116-47 in finishing the regular season with a 7-3 overall record and a 3-3 American Conference mark. The Tallmadge girls finished 3-7 overall and 0-6 in the conference after suffering a 131-52 defeat.
Krukemeyer had a stellar meet. He finished third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:19.14. Sophomore Nick Sabetta won the event with a time of 1:09.41.
Krukemeyer and Sabetta joined senior Keith Oyler and junior Ryan Riter to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:12.54. Krukemeyer also combined with Stevenor, junior Kyle Wilbur and sophomore Jarod Shumaker to win the 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 4:58.89.
Sabetta won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:01.33. Freshman Andrew Nelson finished third (5:49.46).
Oyler won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:23.84. Sophomore Cole Neupert placed third (2:34.83). Oyler also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:14.58. Shumaker was second (1:20.58).
Riter won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:21.19. Nelson finished third (1:38.76).
In the 100 freestyle, Wilbur finished first with a time of 1:04.82. Neupert placed third (1:08.75).
Riter, Oyler, Wilbur and Sabetta won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:57.39.
Shumaker won the 50 freestyle, clocking in at 29.67. Wilbur took third (30.19).
Riter was runner-up in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 172.95 points. Junior Nathan Blaser finished third (104.1) and Josh Stevenor placed third (3:06.04) in the 200 IM.
On the girls' side, freshman Isabelle Davis won the 200 freestyle in a photo finish, edging out Aurora’s Elizabeth Barto by little more than a half second. Davis’ time was 2:47.29.
Sophomore Maddie Parry finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 3:19.95. Freshman Angelina Norris placed third (3:27.91). Parry also was runner-up in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:19.72.
Norris finished second in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 1:30.26.
In the 50 freestyle, senior Alyssa Yamokoski placed third with a time of 31.9.
Sophomore Miranda Sally took third in the 1-meter diving with a score of 125.62.