CANTON - Two-time state qualifier Callen Aulizia dropped four-tenths of a second, placing him third in the 50 freestyle at the 2017 OHSAA Swimming and Diving State Tournament over the weekend at C.T. Branin Natatorium at Canton McKinley High School.
His time of 20.61 was only 16 one-hundreths of a second behind North Canton Hoover's Nathaniel Mullens, who clocked a winning time of 20.45.
Aulizia's time also tied the Boardman High School record set in 2003 by three-time state champion Tyler O'Halloran and automatically qualified him as an All-American in the 50 freestyle.
Callen swam a time of 46.03 in the finals of the 100 freestyle, which moved him from eighth to seventh place. He was joined by teammates junior Kyle Kimerer, freshman Matthew DunLany and freshman Noah Basista in the school record-breaking 400 freestyle relay.
The Spartans placed eighth in the finals with the time of 3:10.01.
Earlier in the evening, the same four boys placed ninth in 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.94. That time was the second fastest medley relay time in the 32-year history of Boardman High School swimming. All four boys earned 2017 All-Ohio Swim Team honors for finishing in the top 16 in the state.
Overall, the Spartan boys swim team placed 10th in the state with 68 points. The point total and the 10th-place finish was the highest ever for a Spartan team.
"Our four underclassmen did a terrific job under a lot of pressure this past weekend," coach Terry O'Halloran said. "They were mentally focused for their races. They went their fastest times when it counted. They worked hard throughout the year in and out of the pool. The good news is that both our girls and boys teams will be stronger next year. Our Spartan program is now recognized as one of the top-tier teams in the state in both swimming performance and academic excellence. We are the only team of this year's top 10 teams that doesn't have its own high school pool. The time constraints of traveling back and forth to (Youngstown State University) and renting their pool when it is available really cuts into our training time. It is also expensive. Our record of success, including the 18 consecutive years of making it to the Division I state meet, speaks for itself. A pool at the high school would definitely enhance our competitive program, but more importantly it could be used to teach our entire school population how to swim. Teaching swimming and water safety saves lives and that is much more important than competitive swimming and diving. Hopefully the Boardman school board, administration and the community will consider adding a pool to our system."
Boardman State Meet Results: SR=School Record, PB=Personal best time, AO=All-Ohio, AA=All-American