Nordonia swimming continues to show progress

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published:

The Nordonia High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams continue to make strides, which is good news with the all-important postseason meets coming up in just a few weeks.

The Knights and Lady Knights split a dual meet against Twinsburg on the road Jan. 9.

The Nordonia boys beat the Tigers by the score of 128-58. The Nordonia girls, on the other hand, dropped a close 98-88 decision.

Senior Zach Zuercher was a double winner in individual events for the Knights, finishing first in both the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.43 and the 500 freestyle with an effort of 5:08.08.

Also capturing two individual events was sophomore Jarod Riedel. He accomplished the feat in the 200 freestyle (1:57.55) and the 100 backstroke (1:09.02).

However, Zuercher and Riedel weren't the only two Knights to claim victory in a pair of individual events. Joining them were sophomore Andrew Grell and senior Cory Krusinski.

Grell placed first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:16.86 and first in the 100 freestyle with an effort of 54.18.

Krusinski, meanwhile, finished first in both the 100 butterfly (1:00.52) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.82).

Last but certainly not least, junior Stephen Romanik secured a first-place finish in the diving competition, posting an impressive score of 258.67.

There were a number of double winners on the Nordonia girls team, as well, starting with sophomore Jenna Dasher.

Dasher was first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.68 and first in the 200 individual medley with an effort of 2:25.16.

Seniors Emma Toaz and Jill Grell were also double winners in individual events for Nordonia.

Toaz captured first place in both the 100 freestyle (58.38) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.24), while Jill Grell claimed the top spot in the 200 freestyle (2:06.21) and the 500 freestyle (5:51.15).

Two Lady Knights were also victorious in one individual event. They were sophomore Soraya Sadegi in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:20.96 and senior Dominka Janisz in diving with a score of 168.15.

"The girls took first place in a lot of events, but still came up a little short," said Nordonia head coach Claudio Costanzo.

Nordonia also participated in the Northeast Classic this past weekend. The Knights and Lady Knights competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, Jan. 19, and then switched to Canton for the finals the following day.

Leading the way for Nordonia was Rominik, who won his third invitational by posting a score of 475.60.

Reaching the finals in two individual events was Riedel in both the 50 freestyle (22.74) and the 100 freestyle (49.86).

Also qualifying for the finals in individual events were Zuercher in the 200 freestyle (1:50.71) and Dasher in the 100 butterfly (1:01.01).

In addition, the boys' 200 freestyle relay team of Zuercher, Riedel, Andrew Grell and senior Phil Rinehardt advanced to the finals, ultimately finishing with a time of 1:33.05.

"The season is coming along nicely," said Costanzo. "It's going to be an exciting month of February."

On Jan. 23, Nordonia will travel to Green.

On Jan. 25, the Knights and Lady Knights will compete in the Suburban League Meet at Cloverleaf.

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