CANTON: North Canton Hoover’s Amanda Palutsis concluded her senior season in the pool with three Division I state titles on Saturday night at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Palutsis, an Ohio State University recruit, joined Brecksville junior Hannah Bach and Brunswick junior Felicia Pasadyn as area individuals who placed first in an event in the 42nd annual girls state swimming and diving championship meet.

“This was awesome,” Palutsis said. “I am happy with everything. … I am thankful for my teammates’ help in letting me end my high school career with some gold medals.”

Palutsis joined juniors Kate Lochridge, Caroline Ehlers and Parker Timken to set a state and pool record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.35.

“Behind the blocks, we talk and joke, and we are all ready,” Lochridge said. “There is a quote that I found that says ‘She believed it, so she did it.’ And that is what we did.”

The 1:32.35 topped Hoover’s prelim time (1:33.28) on Friday, which was a state record. Ehlers said she and her friends “get more and more excited to get in the water and race.”

“These girls were focused on being the very best in the state in every [200 free relay] race,” Hoover coach Rick Morrison said. “I think with that time, we will be one of the best in the country.”

Palutsis and Timken went 1-2 in the 50-yard freestyle with Palutsis touching the wall first in 22.96 seconds and Timken taking second in 23.06.

“I am happy to come out with a gold medal and I am thrilled to be able to do it alongside a teammate, which is obviously a rarity when you are competing against the entire state,” Palutsis said.

Timken (49.96) and Palutsis (50.23) also went 2-3 in the 100 freestyle.

“We all push each other every single day in practice and it is crazy the things that we have done,” Timken said. “I saw that 200 free relay time and I was ecstatic.”

Palutsis, Ehlers and Timken ended the meet on the victorious 400 freestyle relay (3:24.69) with freshman Reagan St. Clair.

“We only lose one [Palutsis] from our state team,” Morrison said. “The rest are underclassmen. We have freshmen and eighth-graders that want to be part of this.”

Bach won the 100 breaststroke in a state and pool record (1:00.75). Bach entered Saturday as the state record holder with a 1:01.24 from last week.

“I came out and was like ‘Whoa, you are going so fast,’” Bach said. “My goal was to set the record again and take first.”

Brecksville coach Mark Krusinski said “when the stakes were really high, Hannah was having fun, she was a great teammate and she was very loose.”

Pasadyn won the 100 backstroke title in 54.28 and was third in the 200 individual medley in 2:00.78. Her sister Cassandra won the 100 backstroke state title last year as a senior, and is now swimming at Harvard.

“It really is an amazing feeling because coming into this season I had no idea I would end up being a state champion,” Pasadyn said. “It is really cool just to see this because she [Cassandra] was my inspiration.”

Pasadyn is the younger sister of Selena, Vanessa and Cassandra Pasadyn. Selena and Vanessa were multisport athletes who were named ABJ Scholar-Athletes this decade.

Highland senior Ashley Mennenga was fifth in the 100 backstroke in 55.78 after undergoing a scapulothoracic bursitis surgery three months ago.

Hudson finished second in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:43.26. The four Explorers were sophomore Giovanna Cappabianca, sophomore Paige McCormick, junior Maddie Hannan and freshman Mackenzie DeWitt, and they just missed first with Cincinnati Ursuline Academy winning in a time of 1:43.02.

McCormick was third in the 500 freestyle (4:55.15), and tied Mason’s Lauren Thomas for fourth in the 200 IM (2:02.35). Cappabianca was sixth in the 200 IM (2:03.16).

Hannan placed fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:50.50) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (51.73).

Other notable performances were done by — DeWitt (fourth, 50 freestyle, 23.19); North Royalton senior Anna Martin (fourth, 100 breaststroke, 1:02.79), Firestone sophomore Madeline Dyer (fifth, 100 breaststroke, 1:02.99) and Firestone senior Molly Chelo­vitz (tied for sixth with Mason’s Harna Minezawa, 50 freestyle, 23.66).

Teagan Moravek of Mount Notre Dame won the 1-meter diving competition with 479.85 points. The best area diver was Libby Lambert of Strongsville (14th, 396.95 points).

Mason scored 236 points and won its first state team title. Hoover (190½ points), Hudson (164½), Cincinnati St. Ursula (155), Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (146) and Dublin Coffman (145) rounded out the top six.

“Our girls’ best finish coming into this state meet was sixth,” Hudson coach Matt Davis said. “Of the eight girls that we have here today competing, we only have one senior.”

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