Tallmadge boys swimming team wins two meets

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The Tallmadge boys swimming team earned an 88-81 victory over Barberton Dec. 12 on the road.

The Tallmadge girls lost an 80-73 decision.

The boys won the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays with times of 2 minutes, .74 seconds and 3:47.91, respectively.

The 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays comprised Raymond Riter, Andrew Wilk, Michael Kenny and Joey Sincel.

Wilk also took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.07) and Kenny placed first in the 100 butterfly (1:04.94). Sincel added a win in the 100 freestyle (55.29).

The girls' 200 medley relay team of Sam Rhine, Brittany DiFiore, Jenn Deaton and Tori Ruggles took first with a time of 2:19.17. Rhine added a win in the 100 butterfly (1:25.56) and DiFiore finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.52). Natalie Beckwith captured first in the 500 freestyle (7:06.59) for the Lady Blue Devils.

"Win or lose, our kids put it all on the line each and every race," Tallmadge first-year coach Ryan Miller said. "We had 22 personal records this meet. Their hard work is paying off this early in the season. At this point, there is really no telling just how fast they can go.

"Two senior standouts came through in the 500. Dom Cevasco dropped over 14 seconds in an event he has been swimming his entire swimming career. Also, Natalie Beckwith dropped 29 seconds in her first-place finish. This whole team is capable of anything."

The Tallmadge boys also posted an 83-71 win over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Dec. 10 at home. The girls lost an 84-58 decision.

The boys' 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams of Kenny, Riter, Wilk and Sincel triumphed with times of 1:44.52 and 3:52.96, respectively. Kenny added wins in the 100 butterfly (1:07.34) and the 200 freestyle (2:08.4).

The girls' 200 medley relay of Beckwith, DiFiore, Rhine and Ruggles took first in 2:17.82. DiFiore also placed first in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.84).

"It was an exciting meet filled with a lot of close races," Miller said. "Before every meet, I tell the swimmers to go out and leave it in the pool and they did just that. This is the fourth time this season the men's 200 free relay averaged a two-second drop overall as a team."

Tallmadge also competed at the Chardon Hilltopper Invite Dec. 8.

DiFiore captured Tallmadge's lone win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.07.

"I couldn't be happier with how Brittany has stepped up," Miller said. "This is the first time she has gone consistent 1:14s, which is the time that got her into districts last year. As her shoulder continues to heal, she's going to get a lot stronger and faster. I know what she's capable of and she has the heart to accomplish it."

On the boys' side, Sincel finished sixth in the 50 freestyle (25.24) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Sincel, Cevasco, Riter and Wilk captured seventh (3:59.28).

Both teams are scheduled to visit Suburban League rival Nordonia Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

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