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Margheret wins Division II state girls swim title

By mikeb Published: February 25, 2011

CANTON: Walsh Jesuit sophomore swimmer Danielle Margheret concluded her record setting postseason tour Friday night in C.T. Branin Natatorium with a state championship.

Margheret won the Division II state title in the 100-yard breast stroke in a meet record time of 1:02.74. Her performance Friday followed meet record setting times in the district meet last weekend at Cleveland State University and in the sectional meet two weekends ago at the University of Akron.

``I am just proud of myself and what I accomplished,´´ Margheret said. ``I had no idea I had a record time going until I was finished. When you're swimming you just keep going and pushing as hard as you can.

``I realized as I got toward the end I had a good chance to win it. I knew I had to focus and win it.´´

Columbus Bishop Hartley sophomore Andrea Cottrell finished second in 1:03.02.

Margheret, a 15-year-old Solon resident, has been busy in Canton. She sang the national anthem Thursday and Friday nights at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

``I have been working hard all season,´´ Margheret said. ``I knew I had to focus on myself and make it happen. This is a great way to end the season.´´

Walsh 12th-year coach Wally Lutkus said Margheret is the first state champion — boy or girl — in swimming at Walsh.

``When we came here we looked at the state meet record,´´ Lutkus said. ``The automatic All-American time is 1:04.03 and she qualified for that status yesterday in the prelims.

``This is a great swim she put together. She is a very good student. My wife [Sue] gave her swim lessons when she was a kid and I have known her since she was 6 or 7 years of age at Chagrin Valley Country Club. She just has a lot of talent.´´

Junior Maggie Harris, sophomore Emma Gresser, junior Alex Poitinger and senior Katie Kimberly guided Revere to a fourth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:34.76.

Poitinger, Kimberly, Gresser and Harris combined to take seventh in the 200 medley relay in 1:51.30.

``I am so proud of them,´´ Revere coach Steve Marshall said. ``They did a great job. The relays were amazing. We dropped time and I expected us to do that. We improved on what we did at district. As a first year coach, I am pleased and surprised how well they swam.´´

Kimberly also finished sixth in the 100 freestyle in 52.49 seconds.

``That was really big for her,´´ Marshall said. ``She started the season strong. She was ready to work and she was there everyday.´´

Warriors senior Brittany Geyer placed eighth in the 100 breast stroke in 1:06.41.

Geyer and Margheret swam the first two legs of Walsh's 200 medley relay that took sixth in 1:50.65. Senior Rosalie Woolf and sophomore Lauren Tullis rounded out the relay.

Margheret earned the girls swimmer of the meet honor and Hunting Valley University School senior Andrew Malone won the boys honor.

``She has just kept developing and gotten stronger,´´ Lutkus said of Margheret.

``You gotta think that down the line, is she one of these kids that can maybe make an Olympic Trial cut? Is she able to move in that direction? And will she swim in college?

``She still has two more years of high school.´´

Gates Mills Hawken continued its reign over the girls meet, winning its 21st girls state title, scoring 334 points.

Hawken has won 12 consecutive Division II titles after winning nine Division I titles.

Revere finished ninth in the team standing with 76 points and Walsh took 13th with 64 points.

University School won its third consecutive Division II boys state title, posting 377 points. Walsh Jesuit placed 37th with eight points and Revere was 46th with five points.

The Division I state meet will be held today in Canton, with the finals starting at 4 p.m. in C.T. Branin Natatorium.

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