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Boardman swimmers honored at board meeting

April 3, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Boardman High School swim and dive team was well represented at the March Board of Education meeting. Nine of the 10 state qualifiers attended the meeting and were introduced by head coach Carlo Cordon.

"As a team, the boys placed 23rd out of 48 schools," Cordon said. "The girls didn't place high enough to score points."

Other highlights from the season included winning the NEAC and AAC team champs for boys and girls, and having the boys grab an undefeated record of 11-0 for the first time in the history of program.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
In attendance at the recent Board Board of Education meeting were members of the Boardman High School swim and dive team. Pictured are Matthew DunLany, Will Linker, Mason Rassega, Noah Basista, Alyssa DiNapoli, Jennah Markovitch, Alison Kuras, Mikel Flatley, and alternate Abby Yocum. Missing is Jordan Stackpole.

Jordan Jones, Mikel Flatley, Madison Connolly, Andy Beichner, Julia Castellano, Alison Kuras, and Jennah Markovitch also earned the title of Academic All-Americans. The boys and girls teams won the Scholar Team Award with an average of a 3.65 GPA, which was good for the National Silver Award.

Individually, Jennah Markovitch was named Student/Athlete of the week; Noah Basista was Vindicator male swimmer of the year, NEAC Swimmer of the Meet, and AAC Swimmer of the Year; and Mikel Flatley was named AAC Swimmer of the Year.

At the state meet, the girls 200 free relay placed 19th overall after being seeded 23rd. This relay broke their team record from last season.

The boys 200 free relay placed 13th and the Boys 400 free relay placed 15th. Both of these relays are "All-Ohio" for placing top 16th. The 200 Free Relay is a consideration for a National All-American award.

"We also had two individual qualifiers," Cordon said. "Matthew DunLany qualified in the 100 butterfly and placed 23rd, and Noah Basista qualified in the 100 butterfly and placed 22nd. Noah also qualified in the 100 breaststroke and placed eighth with a consideration for a national All-American award. Noah also broke the team record in the 100 breaststroke that was once held by Ryan Bailey."

In looking to the future, Cordon said the team is losing one senior boy in Mason Rassega and three seniors from the girls team in Flatley, Markovitch, and Alison Kuras. While the boys will be in a better position, the girls team will have some building to do.

"On the boys end, the team will be returning all but one of our state qualifiers and we are expecting our underclassman to step into some starting roles," Cordon said. "Since we are losing three senior girls from our state relay, we will need to rebuild a bit but we are expecting Abby Yocum to join Alyssa DiNapoli and move into two A relays as well as some incoming freshmen that could via for a spot."



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