WOOSTER: Heading into the final event of Friday night’s Suburban League Swim Championships, the Green and Copley girls — with just two points separating them — seemed poised to decide the team title.
But when the 400-yard freestyle relay was finished, it was Revere that held the title.
Despite having just 12 girls on its team, Revere managed to make the most of them, winning the girls title with 279 points, edging second-place Green by eight. Copley, which finished third in the girls race, defended its boys team title, easily outscoring runner-up Nordonia, 326 to 256.5.
Despite finishing as runner-up last year, Revere didn’t enter the meet with championship aspirations. The team had gone just 4-2 in the regular season.
“We didn’t think we’d be the champions,” said senior Alex Poitinger. “We only have 12 girls and we lost a couple duals this season. So we’re all pretty excited.”
Poitinger was the anchor of the Revere victory. She won the 200 and 500 freestyles and was part of the winning 200 medley and 400 medley relays. Maggie Harris and Emma Gresser were also part of both relays. Kayla Shockey was on the 200 squad, and Samantha House was on the 400 squad. Gresser also won the 200 individual medley.
“It was a nice surprise,” said Revere coach Steve Marshall. “It was those [lower placers] that did the job.”
The Copley boys entered the meet undefeated in league duals and won Friday night despite what looked to be a costly mistake in the first event. The Indians’ 200 medley relay A team had the fastest seed time of the league, but a false start disqualified it. The Indians’ B team managed to finish third in the race, and went on to win four events in all.
“The boys came in as the favorite and they lived up to it,” said Copley coach Ed Burnsed. “We had one little mistake in the relay and that gave points away, but I stayed on them and they did a good job.”
Copley’s Henry Signore helped the Indians rebound to win the 200 freestyle. Kory Braman won the 500 freestyle. Copley also won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Cloverleaf senior Addy Ferguson won the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke, both for the fourth straight year. She was fourth and eighth, respectively, in those events at last year’s state meet.
“Today I just wanted to go out and get the best times I could,” said Ferguson, who had her team’s only victories Friday. “I never thought [as a freshman] that I would win these four times. “
Madison Myers of Copley might be ready to follow in Ferguson’s footsteps. The freshman won both the 50 and 100 freestyles. She also anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay.
Wadsworth’s Mike Pavlak set the only meet record Friday, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.51, less than a second off the old mark. Pavlak was also on the winning 200 medley relay team along with Bryce Easterling, Joe Sayre and Spencer LaHue.
Junior Jon Davis of Revere won both the 50 and 100 freestyle relays.
Last year, Green took the girls title without winning a single event. This year, the Bulldogs managed to win the 100 breaststroke (sophomore Kennedy Herbert), but came up short in the title race.
“This is our 10th year as a program, so we’re building,” said Green coach Michael Lazor. “We’ve had 1 state qualifier, and last year was our first [league] win. This is such a great league. There is so much competition.”
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