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Spartans shine at State Swim Championships

March 7, 2018
The Town Crier

Senior Callen Aulizia Leads Spartans by placing fifth in the 50 and third in the 100 Free Events. Spartans also placed seventh in the 200 Medley and 5th in the 400 Free Relay Team Finishes in 9th Place with 88 Points

The Spartans earned All-American Honors in the 50 Free, 400 Free Relay, and All-American Consideration in the 200 Medley in this year's Division I State Swim Tournament in Canton. During the state tournament the Boardman boys broke five school records. Callen Aulizia took down the 50 freestyle mark of 20.61 set in 2003 by former Spartan state champion Tyler O'Halloran. Callen's time of 20.55 earned the National High School Swim Coaches Association "All-American" time standard in that event. The fifth-place school-record-breaking 400 freestyle relay also garnered the same All-American honor, posting a tournament time of 3:05.72. Aulizia anchored the relay while senior Kyle Kimerer led off, sophomore Matthew DunLany went second, and sophomore Noah Basista was in the third position. The same boys placed seventh in the 200 medley relay, setting a new school record in an All-American Consideration time of 1:34.59. DunLany led off the relay swimming backstroke. Basista did the breaststroke. Kimerer swam fly and Aulizia anchored the relay swimming freestyle. Kimerer took 11th place in the 100 butterfly and 17th in the 200 freestyle. Basista finished in 20th place in the 100 Breaststroke and DunLany placed 25th in the 100 butterfly. In the preceding district tournament Kimerer set a school record in the 200 free and Basista reset his school record in the 200 individual medley. The girls 200 free relay also set a new school record at the district meet. Juniors Mikel Flatley and Jennah Markovitch teamed with sophomores Alison Kuras and Alyssa DiNapoli on the record breaking relay. The Ohio Division I swimming coaches chose Spartan Head Coach Terry O'Halloran as the "Boy's State Swim Coach of the Year."

"It is an amazing honor being chosen by your peers to be the coach of the year," O'Halloran said. "Ohio is always ranked one of the top five swimming and diving states in the country. Ohio coaches are the reason why we are always near the top. As a group we are dedicated to improving our teams every year. On our end you can't find assistant coaches better than Carlo Cordon and Chad DeAngelo. This is a shared honor for all three of us. Our boys and girls had a terrific season and peaked just at the right time. Placing 9th at states as a team with 88 points was an all-time high finish for our program. Running our streak to 19 consecutive appearances at the D I state meet is also a great accomplishment for the Spartan swim and dive program. It was truly an excellent way for me to end my career as the coach. I am completely confident I have left the program in great hands."

The Spartan swimmers and divers will be honored at the year-end banquet. Highlights include the team winning the 2018 girls and boys AAC and NEAC conference titles and the NEAC 2017-18 Relay Meet. The boy's finished the dual meet season with 10 wins and two losses while the girls were sevem and three. Academic honors include a team average GPA of 3.65, seven Academic All-Americans, and eight Academic All-State individuals. Over the 33 years the Spartans now have 74 Academic All-Americans and have qualified 18 All- American swimming times including relays. The Spartans also won four individual event state titles.



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