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While Nordonia High School diver Stephen Romanik is seeking his second trip to the state meet this season, he made a stop along the way recently by winning his second consecutive diving championship at the Ned Reeb Invitational in Columbus. The meet took place Dec. 12 at The Ohio State University.
Romanik, a junior, posted a score of 493.45 en route to claiming the title.
The rest of the Knights and Lady Knights were in action, as well, as Nordonia hosted Aurora on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The Knights won by the score of 110-76, while the Lady Knights were victorious by a 100-86 margin.
Senior Zach Zuercher was a double winner in individual events for Nordonia. He finished first in both the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.73 and the 200 freestyle with an effort of 1:55.42.
Sophomore Jarod Riedel was also a double winner in individual events. He accomplished the feat in the 50 freestyle (23.53) and the 100 freestyle (51.25).
Romanik, of course, captured first place in the diving competition. His score was 258.07.
Also claiming an individual event for the Knights was sophomore Andrew Grell. He did so in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.28.
Nordonia finished first in three relay races. One of those was the 200 medley, in which the Knights posted a winning time of 1:51.82.
The members of that unit were senior Cory Krusinski, Grell, senior Phil Rinehardt and Riedel.
The Nordonia boys also captured the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.13. Comprising that unit were junior John Edwards, senior Liam VanBuskirk, Grell and Zuercher.
In addition, the Knights' 400 freestyle relay squad of Riedel, Krusinski, Rinehardt and Zuercher finished first with an effort of 3:36.11.
On the Nordonia girls' side, senior Emma Toaz was a double winner in individual events. She captured first in both the 50 freestyle (27.3) and the 100 freestyle (59.83).
Sophomore Jenna Dasher was another double winner for Nordonia, claiming first place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.9 and the 100 butterfly with an effort of 1:03.36.
Three other Lady Knights notched victories in individual events--sophomore Soraya Sadegi, senior Jill Grell and senior Dominika Janisz.
Sadegi was first in the 200 individual medley (2:34.81), Grell placed first in the 500 freestyle (6:02.28) and Janisz claimed first place in one-meter diving with a score of 185.77.
Like the Nordonia boys, the Nordonia girls finished first in three relay races.
The Lady Knights' 200 medley relay unit of Toaz, Sadegi, Dasher and sophomore Sabrina Soltis was first with a time of 2:05.50.
In addition, the Nordonia girls placed first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:53.37). The members of that squad were Sadegi, junior Erica Abbott, Soltis and Jill Grell.
The Lady Knights' 400 freestyle relay team of Toaz, senior Katie Farley, Jill Grell and Dasher posted a winning time of 4:11.44.
Romanik also claimed the diving title at the Viking Invitational Dec. 15 at Cleveland State University. He won with a scored of 503.15 points.
Nordonia will participate in the Berea Relays Dec. 27 at noon.