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Bartley wins second Division I boys state swim title

By mikeb Published: February 26, 2011

CANTON: Firestone senior Andrew Bartley competed during this entire swimming season knowing opponents targeted him in the 100-yard breast stroke.¶
Rival swimmers knew Bartley won the Division I state title in the event last year as a junior and were hungry to dethrone him.¶
They fell short Saturday night when Bartley defended his state title in the 100 breast stroke in a time of 55.91 seconds at C.T. Branin Natatorium.¶
``This is definitely more special than winning it the first time,´´ Bartley said. ``When you are the reigning champ, it doesn't look good to get taken down by someone else. You have to defend that title. As soon as you get it, you have to hang onto it. I feel great. I did what I wanted to do.´´¶
Bartley placed second in the event as a sophomore, and his happy to have his name mentioned with past Firestone state champions in the event, Mark Gangloff and Chris Ash.¶
``This feels great to be a part of all the Firestone history and tradition,´´ Bartley said.¶
North Canton Hoover junior Mitch Alters finished second in the 200 freestyle in 1:39.62.¶
Hudson finished sixth in the 200 medley relay in 1:35.51. Junior Jimmy Dagley, senior John Zucca, junior Adam Motter and senior Alex Lindroth formed that quartet.¶
North Canton Hoover junior Thomas Tedrow placed sixth in the 50 freestyle in 21.49 seconds and was 11th in the 100 freestyle in 47.13 seconds.¶
Bartley helped the Falcons to an eighth place in the 200 medley relay. Sophomore Mark Belanger and juniors Daniel Sokolov and Mike Harris were also on that relay.¶
Firestone coach Cindy Virdo said she was confident Bartley would defend the title.¶
``I think he was a little bit anxious going in,´´ Virdo said. ``He wasn't fully shaved yesterday. He looked really good in warmups this morning and shaved this afternoon. He swam great in the 200 medley relay to open the meet tonight. I knew he was on at that point.´´¶
Belanger claimed seventh in the 100 backstroke (52.22 seconds) and ninth in the 200 freestyle (1:41.98).¶
Dagley took ninth in the 100 backstroke (52.10 seconds), and Zucca was ninth in the 100 breast stroke (58.67 seconds).¶
Cuyahoga Falls sophomore Andrew Appleby placed eighth in the 100 freestyle in 47.16 seconds.¶
``I am happy with how I swam,´´ Appleby said. ``I feel like I died a little bit during the race. I probably could have had a little bit better turns, but I am only a sophomore. This has been an amazing experience. This was the greatest meet of my life.´´¶
Hudson freshman Alex Obendorf finished third in the diving competition with 454.90 points. Nordonia freshman Stephen Romanik placed fifth with 440.10 points.¶
Cincinnati St. Xavier won its 32nd Division I team state title, and its 12th in a row, with 312 points.¶
Hudson was ninth in the team standings with 82 points and Firestone placedd 13th with 63 points.¶



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