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Blue Devils News · Records Fall Everywhere for Medina County Teams

obtained from Medina Gazette

By: Brad Bournival

CLEVELAND — The splash heard around the pool over the weekend at the Northeast Division I and II District swim meets came out of Medina County as Cloverleaf, Highland, Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth set 18 school records at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium. Seventeen came Saturday in D-I, as the Blue Devils girls team and Grizzlies boys team started the meet with a bang and watched the momentum roll throughout the day. Brunswick’s girls team finished sixth in the31-team field. “It was amazing,” Blue Devils coach Vince Colwell said. “They kept their focus all year. We kept talking about February, February, February. They kept training hard and came out and lit it up. “The 200-yard medley relay of Mikayla Dostall, Jenna Vance Cassandra Pasadyn and Nikki Eyssen set the standard with a1:47.80 and then watched Pasadyn break a record in the 200 individual medley(2:09.90), Lauren Oktavec set the 500freestyle mark (5:19.70), Dostall carded school-best 100 backstroke (57.76) and Vance set a best in the 100 breaststroke(1:08.77).Eyssen and Oktavec closed things by teaming with Vanessa Pasadyn and Cassandra Pasadyn with a record in the 400free relay (3:39.04).Highland’s Ashley Mennenga was the only girl to finish as an automatic state qualifier with a second-place finish in the100 back (57.53). She also set school records in the 100 fly (58.26) and joined Mallory McCormick, Brittany Stacho and Mindy Wilkes in the 200 free relay and 400free relay in setting standards with times of 1:44.06 and 3:48.73, respectively. Mennenga’s 54.37 to start the 400 free relay also set a record. While the state qualifier list wasn’t official at press time, it looked like the Brunswick 200 medley advanced. It also looked like Dostall and Cassandra Pasadyn joined Mennenga in the 100 back. Lexi Agee made it a dozen records on the girls side as the Medina sophomore had a swim-off with Walsh Jesuit senior and Medina resident Samantha Geyer in the 500 free and put up a school-best5:12.73.Not to be outdone, Wadsworth’s boys team finished 10th in a 35-team field and broke four records. The 200 medley relay team of Jake Braumbaugh, Joe Pavlak, Mason Hicks and Josh Zembas set the standard(1:37.74). The same four also broke the 200free relay record (1:28.95). Braumbaugh added a record in the 100back (53.14) and Pavlak knocked out the50 free (21.4) as well. “That was awesome,” Grizzlies coach Liz Hastings said. “We hit one out of the park as far as I’m concerned. Every goal we set out to do came to fruition. ”Not to be outdone, Brunswick’s Casey Klaus is now the name to beat in the 200IM after clocking 2:00.89.Pavlak appeared to make it in the 50 free as did the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay for Wadsworth. Walsh senior and Medina resident Michael Reilman was an automatic state qualifier in winning the 200 free (1:39.68)and 100 back (49.21). Geyer was an automatic qualifier in the 200 medley relay(1:46.07) and 400 free relay (3:34.05). Reilman also looked like he was a qualifier in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.