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Swimmers, divers conclude season

By ROGER GORDON Correspondent Published: February 26, 2017 12:00 AM
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Ryan Riter finished in the top 10 in the 1-meter diving and was part of two commendable relay finishes Feb. 15 and 17 at the Northeast Division II district meet at Cleveland State University's Busbey Natatorium.

The Tallmadge junior placed eighth with a personal-best score of 276.65 points.

Riter joined sophomores Jarod Shumaker, Alex Krukemeyer and Nick Sabetta on the 13th-place 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3 minutes, 39.1 seconds.

"The boys stepped up," Tallmadge head coach Ryan Miller said. "I was happy with their performance."

In the 200 medley relay, the team of Riter, Sabetta, senior Keith Oyler and junior Kyle Wilbur finished 14th with a time of 1:49.85.

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Overall, the Blue Devils finished tied for 18th with Aurora and Orrville out of 27 teams with 25 points.

Sabetta placed 19th in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 58.57.

"Nick was mentally prepared and gave it 110 percent, everything he had," Miller said.

Oyler, Krukemeyer, Shumaker and Wilbur combined to also finish 19th in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.68.

Krukemeyer finished 24th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:20.03.

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"Alex has come a long way and already has his goals set for next year," Miller said. "We expect big things from him."

Oyler placed 27th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.61.

"It was amazing seeing Keith swim his last high school race, laying it out there to the point where he actually could barely get out of the pool," Miller said.

"And that's exactly what you want to see out of your seniors. Seeing him, along with the other seniors, give it absolutely everything they had was really inspiring."

As for the Lady Blue Devils, sophomore Miranda Sally finished 19th in the 1-meter diving event with a personal-best score of 163.05.

"Miranda is brand new to the sport really, so just her participating at districts says a lot about how much she has trained," he said. "I think she has a lot of potential going into next year."

Also competing was the team of sophomore Maddie Parry, freshmen Emma Grund and Isabelle Davis and senior Alyssa Yamokoski in the 200 freestyle relay.

"Our girls team is building and the time is coming," Miller said. "We finally got a taste of that this season with some strong freshmen coming in and some highly motivated girls all around.

"It has definitely been a culture change and we have a few solid freshmen with experience coming in next year. Our goal next season will be to get more of the girls to districts.

"On the boys side, it was huge for them to see where we want to be next year. It was a good stage for a lot of these freshmen and sophomores to get onto.

"We tapered for sectionals this year, but next year, with some good freshmen coming in and a strong senior class, we'll be in a better place to taper a little bit more for districts and get some of the boys to state."

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