CANTON: Walsh Jesuit junior swimmer Hanna Gresser described Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium as a “dream.”

Winning two individual Division I state championships and a relay state title can do that for anyone, and Gresser, 17, felt the feelings first-hand during the 40th annual girls swimming and diving state meet.

Gresser opened the evening with a first in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:44.56 with junior Carly Hart, junior Emma Kaczmar and sophomore Bryanna Renuart.

The four Warriors giggled and smiled as they chatted about their victory, and then Gresser won twice more. She was first in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.52) and first in the 200 individual medley (2:00.14). Her 100 breaststroke time set a state record and a pool record.

“I never thought I would come this far,” Gresser said. “It was definitely a goal at the beginning of the year to be in that No. 1 spot in both of my [individual] events. How realistic I actually thought that was deep-down, wasn’t too great. Today was a dream, and I can never thank my teammates enough for pushing me every day at practice and my parents for always supporting me.”

Gresser, an Akron resident, started swimming at age 6 in a summer league and then joined a club team at age 8.

She steadily improved, and then nursed a shoulder injury through competition last season. She said she is undecided on a college, and is aiming to make the Olympic Trials this spring.

“Hanna had a great meet,” Walsh coach Wally Lutkus said. “The taper came through at the right time. She won two events and was on a winning 200 medley relay, and our last relay [400 freestyle] was seventh. I think all of our kids did really, really well.”

Gresser, Renuart, Hart and junior Murphy Vance clocked a 3:31.63 in the 400 freestyle. Hart also was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.82) and ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:05.34).

Upper Arlington won its 11th team title with 239 points. Mason (229), Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy (203.5), Walsh (129) and Springboro (125) rounded out the top five.

Brunswick junior Cassandra Pasadyn was all smiles after placing second in the 100 backstroke in 54.60.

Springboro senior Hannah Whiteley won her second consecutive state title in the event, clocking a 53.59.

“My goal at the beginning of the year was to get top eight,” Pasadyn said. “I was not expecting second place at all or even that time. My goal was a 56 and I don’t even know how I just went 54. I can’t even put it into words.

“My PR before this was yesterday at 55.33 [in a preliminary race]. ... I knew this was my last chance of this season, and especially now looking into colleges I needed a fast recruit time. I was just going for it.”

Hoover was fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:45.90 and fourth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.72. Freshman Kate Lochridge, junior Annie Lochridge, sophomore Amanda Palutsis and freshman Parker Timken teamed up on the 200 medley, and Palutsis, Kate Lochridge, sophomore Regan Maxwell and Timken joined forces in the 200 freestyle.

Wooster senior Jessica Bonezzi was fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:04.55) and seventh in the 100 butterfly (56.23).

Nikki Watters of New Albany won the diving title with 507.20 points. Twinsburg’s Madison Posk took 12th with 434.35 points.

Hoover finished seventh in the team standings with 108 points, Hudson was ninth with 70 points and Brunswick was 15th with 50 points.

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