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Sectional Swimming: Avon's Erin Pettegrew, Avon Lake's Brittany Menzer win individual titles


CLEVELAND — Lorain County enjoyed a stellar day at Saturday’s Division I Northeast Sectional Swimming Championships.

Sophomore Erin Pettegrew of Avon in the 100-yard fly and Avon Lake freshman Brittany Menzer in the 500 free won individual titles. They are the first Lorain County Division I girls from a public school to win sectional titles for a

non-diving event in more than 10 years.

The Avon Lake girls and Amherst boys both finished fourth to lead the way for area teams. The Comets matched their placement from a year ago, while the Shoregals improved from 12th place.

Both Pettegrew and Menzer lived up to their No. 1 seedings.

Pettegrew clocked a

career-record 59.90 as she rallied from fourth in the second 50 to defeat No. 4 seed Rachael Zarlinski (1:02.08), a sophomore from Magnificat. Pettegrew (29.31) trailed freshman Rebecca Prexta (28.71) and sophomore Adriana Ivkovic (28.78) of Westlake, along with Zarlinski (29.11), after the first two turns. Pettegrew was the only one of the four to go sub 32 seconds (30.59) in the second 50.

“I’m so relieved,” said Pettegrew, a two-time district fly qualifier. “I never like coming in as the No. 1 seed. I always like being the underdog. It’s hard for me because I can’t pace myself because I’m a sprinter. Obviously, I brought it on well in the second 50. I had more (recovery) time between my 50 free (sixth place, 25.24) and this race (100 fly) than I did for conference. I was prepared more for this race so it felt very good.”

Menzer (5:13.79) didn’t mess around in the 500 free, establishing more than a one-second lead after the first 50 over eventual runner-up Grace Hutchison (5:20.86), a sophomore from Magnificat. It was a personal-record time for Menzer by more than seven seconds.

Like Pettegrew, Menzer was coming off the 50 free (fourth place, 25.10).

“I was freaking out nervous before the race,” Menzer said. “One of our assistants, Dan Smith, told me to punch him in the arm as hard as possible to alleviate the stress. I think I jammed my wrist. It still hurts a little. I just knew I had to keep my pace long and smooth. I can’t believe I swam 5:13. I was just hoping for 5:18. This time surprised me so much. I’m ecstatic.”

The Avon Lake girls also got big points from freshman Catrionna Bruce, as well as its two freestyle relays.

Bruce finished third in the 100 free (54.77) as the No. 10 seed. She also finished fourth in the 100 back (1:02.60).

Menzer and Bruce teamed with junior Jessica Lambert and sophomore Devan Rybarczyk for third-place finishes in the 200 free (1:43.95) and 400 free (3:48.03) relays. The latter relay broke a 2000-01 school record of 3:50.

“Everyone was in a good mood and we all got a lot sleep last night,” Bruce said. “We’re very happy, very excited. We can’t wait for districts.”

Seniors Tyler Moore and John Scalli of Amherst were the catalysts for the Comets.

Moore was second at sectionals for the second straight year in the 100 breast (1:00.92) after taking second earlier in the 200 individual medley in a high school best time of 1:59.45. St. Ignatius second Derek Hren won both events for the fourth year in a row. Hren broke his 100 breast sectional record (58.27) with a time of 57.91. He clocked 1:58.19 in the 200 IM.

Moore and Scalli teamed with senior Alex Machovina and junior Jordan Ault for fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:41.46). Later, Moore, Scalli and Ault teamed with freshman David Burgett for fourth in the 400 free relay (3:23.76).

“I’ve very happy with all my events, but especially the relays,” Moore said. “I thought we did especially well in the medley relay. Derek (Hren) makes great competition. He makes the race all the better. My focus today was just all about qualifying. For districts the focus will be on how I need to perform to make it to the state meet.”

The No. 4 seed in the 100 back, Scalli rallied impressively in the second 50 to move up from fourth to second and finish with a career-record time of 55.09. St. Edward sophomore Kyle Shurmur defended his title in 52.94. Scalli’s second-half split of 28.27 was bettered only by Shurmur (27.45).

“I just try to swim the second 50 as hard as my first (26.82),” Scalli said. “When I was closing the last 50, I knew I had them (Strongsville’s Ian Simpson and Carter Ostrowski). I felt good. I thought it was fun. I was hoping for a little faster, but I thought it was a quality time.”

The Strongsville boys and girls teams both defended sectional titles. The Strongsville boys had 461 points, beating out St. Edward (345.5), St. Ignatius (309) and Amherst (195). The Strongsville girls had 485 points, outdistancing Magnificat (338), North Royalton (238) and Avon Lake (175). The Avon girls were sixth with 140 points.

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Team results

1. Strongsville (ST), 461; 2. St. Edward (SE), 345.3; 3. St. Ignatius (SI), 309; 4. Amherst (AM), 195; 5. Berea, 142; 9. Avon Lake (AL), 90.5; 13. Elyria (E), 74; 14. Avon (AV), 55. Out of 17 teams.

(Top two individuals advance to district meet)

200 medley relay: 1. St. Ignatius (Peter Simcox, Derek Hren, Nathan Christian, Charlie Pophal), 1:35.84 (MEET RECORD, 1:38.66 set in 2012 by St. Ignatius); 2. St. Edward, 1:40.23. 200 free: 1. Mitchell Delventhal (ST), 1:46.01; 2. Grant Braid (St. Edward/Amherst resident), 1:49.09. 200 IM: 1. Hren (SI), 1:58.19; 2. Moore (AM), 1:59.45. 50 free: 1. Christian (SI), 21.63; 2. Pophal (SI), 21.69. 100 fly: 1. Simcox (SI), 51.22; 2. Pichette (ST), 53.04.100 free: 1. Delventhal (ST), 47.94; 2. Sara (NO), 49.16. 500 free: 1. Mason Beck (SE), 4:57.12; 2. Jamie Skupnik, (ST), 5:02.73. 200 free relay: 1. St. Ignatius (Christian, Hren, Simcox, Pophal), 1:25.82 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:28.75 set in 2011 by Strongsville); 2. Strongsville, 1:28.91. 100 back: 1. Kyle Shurmur (SE), 52.94; 2. John Scalli (AM), 55.09. 100 breast: 1. Hren (SI). 57.91 (MEET RECORD, old record 58.27 set in 2012 by Hren); 2. Moore (AM), 1:00.92. 400 free relay: 1. Strongsville (Delventhal, Simpson, Carter Ostrowski, Pichette), 3:13.90 (MEET RECORD, old record 3:15.54 set in 2012 by St. Ignatius); 2. St. Ignatius, 3:14.89.


Team results

1. Strongsville, 485; 2. Magnificat, 338; 3. North Royalton, 238; 4. Avon Lake, 175; 5. North Olmsted, 172; 6. Avon, 140; 17. Elyria, 6. Out of 17 teams.

(Top two individuals advance to district meet)

200 medley relay: 1. Strongsville (Karley Mattson, Molly Washko, Brooke Delventhal, Gabi D’Abato), 1:51.54; 2. Berea, 1:55.99. 200 free: 1. D’Abato (ST), 1:57.96 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:58.58 set in 2000 Magnificat’s Erika Ciszczon of North Ridgeville); 2. Emily Cannon (M), 2:01.11. 200 IM: 1. Ari Soika (ST), 2:17.35; 2. Mattson (ST), 2:19.60. 50 free: 1. Washko (ST), 24.78; 2. Jenna Barra (ST), 24.98. 100 fly: 1. Pettegrew (AV), 59.90; 2. Rachael Zarlinski (M), 1:02.08. 100 free: 1. D’Abato (ST), 53.58; 2. Jarachovic (NO), 54.38. 500 free: 1. Menzer (AL), 5:13.79; 2. Ellen Hutchison (M), 5:20.86. 200 free relay: 1. Strongsville (Julia Grady, Hargis, Caroline Granger, Jenna Barnes), 1:40.24; 2. North Olmsted, 1:41.60. 100 back: 1. Hutchison (M), 1:01.94; 2. Mattson (ST), 1:01.86. 100 breast: 1. Washko (ST), 1:07.43; 2. Brooke Delventhal (ST), 1:09.02. 400 free relay: 1. Strongsville (D’Abato, Hargis, Granger, Barrus), 3:40.33 (MEET RECORD, old record 3:41.07 set in 2005 by Magnificat); 2. North Olmsted, 3:43.98.

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