June 26, 2016


Swimming: Ellie Surratt finishes second in 50 freestyle

CANTON — If Wadsworth’s Ellie Surratt swims the way she did Saturday night, she might be making a return trip to C.T. Branin Natatorium next month.

The sophomore advanced to the finals in a pair of events at the annual Northeast Classic, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle. Surratt clocked 24.59 in the same pool that will host the state championships Feb. 20-23.

Surratt also participated in the bonus final of the 100 free, clocking 55.46 to take 17th.

Prelims were broken up into two sites, with swimmers from Brunswick, Wadsworth and Buckeye competing at the University of Akron for a spot in the finals in Canton.

Brunswick junior Lizzy Gehlmann also advanced to a final, as she was eighth in the 100 free in 55.99.

Participating in consolation finals was the Blue Devils relay team of Nicolette Crissinger, Melissa Froncek, Hannah McCulloch and Gehlmann, which was 13th in the 200 free and 15th in the 400 free.

Blue Devil Lauren Oktavec was 16th in her consolation final of the 500 free (5:41.97). Mikayla Dostall was 24th after her bonus final swim of 1:04.51 in the 100 backstroke.

Buckeye’s Sarah Turner failed to advance to the finals, but was 19th in the 100 back (1:05.73) and 22nd in the 50 free (26.42) at the Akron prelim earlier in the day.

On the boys side, All-Ohioan Ty Talley of Brunswick took 12th in the 1-meter dive, registering 359.40.

Wadsworth underclassmen Jake Braumbaugh and Matt Pavlak participated in bonus finals in the 100 back and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Braumbaugh clocked 58.48 to finish 22nd, while Pavlak took 23rd in 1:05.97.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.