CANTON: The goal for Canton Central Catholic junior David Cornet was simple: Swim at the Ohio Swimming and Diving Championships.
Cornet accomplished that goal Friday at C.T. Branin Natatorium. Now he’s going to work on getting higher on the awards podium.
Cornet was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle and eighth in the 200 individual medley, making him the top area swimmer at Friday’s Division II boys meet.
Orrville’s Madison Monheim, a returning state qualifier in the 200 freestyle, improved on her 13th-place finish a year ago by placing 10th in the girls Division II meet. She was also 12th in the 500 freestyle.
Hawken ran away with the girls team race, finishing with 360.5 points. Cincinnati Indian Hill was second with 178. In the boys team race, University School beat Oakwood 237.5-231.
Cornet was making his first appearance at the state meet. He trained at C.T. Branin Natatorium over the summer, but had not been to the state swim meet before Friday.
“You really notice the atmosphere and the crowd,” said Cornet, who feels weightlifting helped him improve over the summer. “I felt good in the water. [The 100 free] was my best time this season.”
Cornet finished the 200 IM in 1 minute, 56.99 seconds. Cincinnati Indian Hill’s Mack Rice defended his state title and lowered his own state record to 1:49.23 to win the event.
Cornet’s best race was the 100 freestyle, which he finished in 47.73, a personal best. It was a pretty nice finish, considering Cornet and Canton Central Catholic coach Mark Rogers weren’t sure which events Cornet would choose this postseason until late in the regular season.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” Rogers said. “His times have been going down, but he knew he needed to step up and go faster [in the finals]. He just missed [state] last year and he did a lot of work over the summer. Really, his goal was to just be here.”
Other area swimmers who advanced to Friday’s final heats included CVCA senior Graham Burnell, who finished 14th in the 200 individual medley, and Revere junior Jon Davis, who was 13th in the 100 freestyle.
Walsh Jesuit sophomore Ben Boshkos was 11th in the 100 breast stroke. The Walsh Jesuit 400 relay team finished in 12th place, and the 200 medley relay was 16th.
“The meet went real, real well,” Walsh Jesuit coach Wally Lutkus said. “It was a two-day effort. Ben Boshkos swam real well. He didn’t even make it to districts last year. Joey [freshman Joey Reilman] was 17th in the backstroke, just missing the finals, and he anchored our 400 relay team. It was great for him to get that experience.”
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