The Cleveland Heights boys and girls swimming teams both performed well at the Division I sectional meet at SPIRE on Feb. 13, particularly the Tigers boys team who finished 3rd overall, just edged out of 2nd by Mentor.
“Almost everyone on both teams had personal records or season bests. It was the boys team’s highest finish in the postseason in decades,” Coach Daniel Budin said.
The boys medley relay of Aidan Peters, James Huff, Andrew Teets and Emmet Fluharty won the sectional championship and set a new school record with a time of 1:39.74.
The 200 free relay of Huff, Teets, Fluharty, and Peters won the meet with a school record time of 1:30.32.
Both of those relays are seeded among the top at the upcoming district meet and should contend for a spot in the state championship meet.
Huff won the 100 breaststroke with a school record time of 59.67 and was the only swimmer in the meet to go under 1 minute in that event. Huff also won the 100 butterfly at 53.85.
Like the relays, Huff is seeded near the top at districts and has a chance to advance to the state meet.
Peters repeated as the sectional champion in the 100 freestyle, improving his time from last year and just narrowly missing the school record with a time of 48.37. Peters finished third overall in the 50 freestyle and qualified for districts in both of those events.
Teets placed 7th overall and qualified for Districts in the 100 butterfly with a personal-best 57.35.
Denzel McKenzie placed 3rd overall in the 100 backstroke and qualified for districts in the 100 backstroke with a personal-best 58.20.
Ari Inwood placed 5th overall in the 100 breaststroke and advanced to districts with a time of 1:04.25.
The Heights boys 400 free relay of Teets, McKenzie, Ben Gifford and Inwood placed 3rd overall and advanced to districts with a season-best time of 3:34.61.
Fluharty and Gifford placed in the top ten in the 100 breaststroke came very close to qualifying for districts. Fluharty and Inwood placed in the top 6 in the 50 freestyle and just missed qualifying for districts.
In the girls meet, Patricia Chen qualified for districts in the 100 freestyle for the second year in a row. She placed 11th with 57.81. Chen also advanced in the 50 freestyle with a 9th place finish at 26.55.
The girls 200 freestyle relay of Chen, Clare Dolan, Claire Hall, and Helen Barr placed 9th overall with a season best time of 1:50.48 and just missed out on a district spot. The 400 freestyle relay of Sophie Muller, Barr, Dolan, and Chen placed 9th overall at 4:04.92 and again just barely missed out on advancing.