Chardon Wins Close Meet, Has Edge Toward Division Title

One pattern continued on Saturday morning, leaving the strong possibility that another pattern will also continue.

Chardon defeated host Willowick, 322-293, and now has the leg up on winning the Division I title for the second time in three seasons.

The battle for the division crown has been going on for four summers now - the Wildkats won the dual meet in 2016 by 38 points and won the division title that year. Chardon won the dual in 2017 by eight points and won the division. Willowick finished atop the division again in 2018 on the strength of 12 point win in Chardon.

Because of tie-breakers, Willowick would need to Chardon to lose both of its remaining Division I dual meets (July 12 at South Euclid-Lyndhurst and July 20 at Mentor) to be able to stake claim to the title.

As for the meet itself it was complete domination by each team by one gender each. The Sharks' girls scored 215 points to Willowick's 100. The Wildkats' boys outscored Chardon's boys 193-107.

The two teams split the medley relays - Chardon winning the girls, Willowick winning the boys. Chardon did get a leg up in the free relays, winning six of the 10. It won all the girls' again, but also won the 13-15 boys free relay. The Wildkats won the other four boys free relays.

Of all the individual races, Willowick won 26 by boys, but only six by girls. It was the exact opposite for the Sharks - 26 girls wins and only six boys wins.

One of the girls wins for Willowick, though, was a milestone. Miranda Conway set the team and pool record in the 8&U 25 backstroke in a time of 21.50.

All of the Wildkats double winners were boys - Nathaniel Peters (8&U 25 butterfly/50 freestyle), Elliot Suponcic (8&U 25 backstroke/25 breaststroke), Colton Cutwright (9-10 50 freestyle/50 backstroke), Pete DiCello (9-10 50 butterfly/100 freestyle), Drew Morbeto (9-10 100 IM/50 breaststroke), Jack Gogala (11-12 50 freestyle/50 breaststroke), Caleb Ortman (11-12 50 butterfly/100 freestyle), Andrew Ingram (13-15 200 IM/100 backstroke), John Byrne (16-18 200 freestyle/100 freestyle) and Ian Grzincic (16-18 200 IM/100 butterfly).

Willowick will be home again next Saturday - for the second of three consecutive home meets - against the Wickliffe Water Devils.


Final Score: Chardon 322, Willowick 293

8&U Girls: Chardon 38, Willowick 15
8&U Boys: Willowick 38
, Chardon 6
9-10 Girls: Chardon 39, Willowick 21
9-10 Boys: Willowick 42
, Chardon 18
11-12 Girls: Chardon 44, Willowick 24
11-12 Boys: Willowick 40
, Chardon 24
13-18 Girls: Chardon 94, Willowick 40
13-18 Boys: Willowick 73
, Chardon 59