Tallmadge boys swimmers win Salem Invitational; beat Crestwood

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The host Tallmadge boys and girls swimming teams lost to Suburban League rival Wadsworth Jan. 9 at University Park YMCA in Akron.

The boys dropped a 112-51 decision and the girls lost a 109-43 decision.

Despite the convincing losses, Talmadge first-year head coach was encouraged by the performances.

"I'm excited with how they are swimming in the toughest part of the season," he said. "Everybody is hurting, but they continue to muscle through each and every practice."

The boys have made significant strides this season, according to Miller.

"Senior captain Michael Kenny is a workhorse in practice and is a prime example of what hard work can get you," he said. "Michael could barley swim a 500-yard freestyle his first year, but as his last season approaches the end, he has done much more.

"Not only has he transformed himself, but Michael sets the bar high for our six freshmen.

"Raymond Riter, Cameron Coen, Jacob DiFiore, Jared Graham, Dominic Disalbo and Chad Weirich have come so far from day one and continue to amaze me. They are the future of the guys' program and have a lot of potential."

The girls have been making progress despite an array of injuries.

"Injuries will set most people back, but not our lady swimmers," Miller said. "They're a determined group that pushes it to the breaking point.

"Bittany DiFiore has the mindset and heart of a true champion.

"We're starting to adjust her training now that she has her endurance built up.

"Sage Luedke continues to swim fast as she recovers and I can't imagine how fast she'll go when she's 100 percent.

"Sam Rhine, Tori Ruggles, Katie Ridenour and Marissa Ridenour go through rigorous training exercises just so they are ready to swim. These things take a toll, but I believe in each and every one of them."

The Tallmadge boys also earned a 98-61 win over Crestwood Jan. 7. The girls dropped a 93-61 decision.

The girls 200 medley relay team of Luedke, Brittany DiFiore, Rhine and Ruggles placed first with a time of 2 minutes, 3.63 seconds.

Luedke added firsts in the 200 freestyle (2:26.55) and the 100 freestyle (1:04.23) and Rhine captured first in the 200 individual medley (2:55.89) and the 100 backstroke (1:16.69). DiFiore triumphed in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.77).

The boys 200 medley relay of Riter, Wilk, Kenny and Joey Sincel placed first (2:03.29).

That unit also guided the 200 freestyle relay to a win (1:45.97).

Ethan Coen, Cameron Coen, Don Cevasco and Wilk were part of the 400 freestyle relay that placed first (4:13.61).

Other firsts came from Riter in the 200 freestyle (2:16.27) and the 100 freestyle (56.7); Sincel in the 50 freestyle (25.37); Kenny in the 100 butterfly (1:07.03); Cevasco in the 500 freestyle (6:29.78) and Disalbo in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.87).

The Tallmadge boys won the 18-team Salem Invitational Jan. 5.

The girls placed seventh out of 18 teams.

The combined scores gave Tallmadge the title.

The boys 200 freestyle relay team of Sincel, Riter, Wilk and Kenny placed second (1:43.2).

That same group led the 400 freestyle relay team to second (3:49.65).

Brittany DiFiore led the Lady Blue Devils with a second-place time of 1:16.38 in the 100 breaststroke.

Also placing in the top five were the following:

• Boys 200 IM: Riter, fourth, 2:27.81; and Kenny, fifth, 2:28.06

• Boys 500 freestyle: Riter, third, 6:03.25

• Boys 100 backstroke: Riter, fifth, 1:10.69

• Boys 50 freestyle: Sincel, third, 25.6

• Boys 100 freestyle: Sincel, fifth, 57.12

• Girls 200 medley relay: Luedke, Brittany DiFiore, Rhine and Ruggles, third, 2:14.95

• Girls 200 freestyle relay: Luedke, Brittany DiFiore, Rhine and Ruggles, fourth, 2:02.14

• Girls 200 freestyle: Luedke, fifth, 2:26.27

• Girls 100 backstroke: Rhine, fifth, 1:12.75

During the holiday break, the Tallmadge swimmers participated in a swim-a-thon. Portions were donated to Tallmadge Good Neighbors.

"It was a fun event to raise money for a good cause," Miller said.

Tallmadge is scheduled to host its Senior Meet against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

Both teams are set to entertain Suburban League foe Green Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m.

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