CLEVELAND — For the second straight year, Brunswick’s girls swim team will be well represented at the Cleveland State Division I District.
With eight individuals and all three relays advancing, the Blue Devils will be out Saturday to do something they haven’t done — advance more than one swimmer to next week’s state meet in Canton.
“It feels great,” junior Mikayla Dostall said. “Having all the team there, supporting each other, is amazing.”
Dostall headlines the strong Brunswick contingent that will invade the pool at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium. The All-Gazette selection finds herself with the second-fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke, thanks to breaking her school record in the event for the third straight season with a time of 59.84 seconds.
Her seed time, which helped her become the school’s first sectional champ, is 2.08 seconds off the pace of Copley’s Madison Myers. Brunswick freshman Cassandra Pasadyn has the eighth-best mark in the event, along with a 10th in the 100 butterfly after a school-record swim at sectionals.
Brunswick senior Lizzy Gehlmann was the Devils’ lone state qualifier a year ago — she was the first female individual to advance in program history — and comes in with top-10 times in the 50 and 100 freestyles, along with anchoring the 200 and 400 free relays to district appearances.
Medina’s Lexi Agee has been one of the area’s top freshmen this winter and will look to extend her rookie season into the final week. Agee has the eighth-best time in the 500 free, while Kim Stafford of Wadsworth is 11th and Walsh junior — and Medina resident — Samantha Geyer is 12th.
The Bees’ Carolyn Yurkoski, a state qualifier in the 50 free last year, has the ninth-best 1-meter dive score. That event will be held today at CSU. Yurkoski is also making a repeat district appearance in the 50 free.
Like the Blue Devil girls, the Wadsworth boys are sending a pretty strong group into today’s district championships.
Sophomore Jake Braumbaugh, a four-event district qualifier, is a member of a 200 medley relay with Matt Pavlak, Logan Lanson and Joe Pavlak that continues to impress. He also is seeded fourth in the 100 back, an event he’s ready to do even more big things in before this season is through.
“I’ve been training all year long for this race,” he said. “I really want to get to state in it. That’s my goal this year. I feel like if I taper well, I can really hit it home (Saturday) and have my best race of the year.”
Medina resident Michael Reilman, a junior at Walsh, has the fastest time in the 100 back (51.91), along with the top mark in the 200 free (1:43.88). Reilman was a state placer in both events last year in D-II and paced a 200 medley unit to a spot on the podium.
“I checked out the times and the 200 free should be a pretty good race,” Reilman said. “I’m actually more of a backstroker. My coach told me (last year) to swim the 200 free and it turned out well.”
The 200 free will also feature Brunswick senior Nate Hagar, who also is ninth in the 100 butterfly.
Wadsworth’s Matt Pavlak is out for his first state berth, recording the third-best time in the district in the 100 breaststroke. Senior Matt Rump of Medina is 14th in the event.
The county will also have representatives in Friday’s D-II meet.
CVCA sophomore Morgan Burnell, a county resident, has the eighth-best time in the 100 breaststroke, while Buckeye’s Sarah Turner qualified in the 100 back and 50 free.
Cloverleaf’s boys team will be bringing its biggest group of district participants in program history, headlined by senior Josh Butt. Butt is 10th in the 50 free.
Medina resident and St. Edward sophomore Jackson Hintz will represent the county at Saturday’s Cleveland State Division I District. He qualified in the 50 free and 100 back to earn a spot in the Northwest District portion of the meet.
Hintz’s time in the 100 back is 13th overall in the district. Last weekend, Hintz placed fifth in the 100 back at the Lakewood Sectional, clocking a 59.42, along with recording a 23.66 to finish 18th in the 50 free.
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