Boardman’s Bailey wins district title; WGH, others wait

Boardman senior Ryan Bailey is the only area Division I swimmer who does not have to wait for the other district results.

“It’s a pretty nice feeling that I’m going for sure,” Bailey said.

Bailey, who is heading to the United States Naval Academy this fall, won the Division I 100-yard butterfly district title Saturday at Cleveland State University in a time of 49.32. Bailey won handily over second-place Grant Pinchot of Solon (51.16).

“I got out to a really fast start,” Bailey said. “It was one of my fastest splits in the 100 butterfly. I felt pretty good until the last 15 yards and I started to hurt. Hopefully with another week of rest I can get a lot stronger and faster.

“Overall, I was happy with my performance. I hit my walls pretty well and happy with my stroke.”

Bailey took third in the 100 breaststroke (57.99) but should get an at-large bid.

Like Bailey in the 100 breaststroke, Warren G. Harding has to wait, but the Raiders might have some representation at next weekend’s Division I state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

WGH sophomores Emily Thirion and Dylan Thirion may advance as one of the many at-large bids around the state.

The top two in each district event automatically advance, while the top 34 at-large girls in Division I along with the top 14 at-large relays advance from each of the state’s districts. Those are from those swimmers or relays that didn’t automatically qualify out of their respective district. The top 24 at-large swimmers and top 14 at-large relays advance for the Division I boys. Those at-large bids are slated to be announced sometime today.

Dylan clocked a 1:44.82 for fourth in the 200 freestyle and 47.42 for sixth in the 100 freestyle.

WGH coach Steve Lukco said Dylan shaved more than a second off both of his times.

As for Emily, she was fourth in the 100 butterfly (58.04) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.66).

“Both of them swam awesome today,” Lukco said.

Dylan has a good shot for an at-large bid in the 200, but probably not the 100. Emily’s breaststroke should get to Canton and quite possibly her butterfly as well.

Emily had a reprieve from last year’s districts where she didn’t make it to state.

“Both times were school records,” Lukco said. “She was happy to swim fast. I think last year’s nerves helped out this year.”

WGH’s 200-medley relay of Dylan, senior Sam Angelo, freshman Mike Miller and junior Zackary Williams doesn’t look like it will make an at-large bid after finishing sixth (1:40.42).

“Looking for a little faster time,” Lukco said. “We didn’t drop as much as we thought we could. Everyone swam well. We dropped 2 seconds, but we wanted to drop 3 to be sure.”

Meanwhile, Howland’s Aimee Gysegem was fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:06.11) and might have a shot of getting to state in that event. She has a very outside shot of making it in the 200 freestyle, where she took sixth (1:55.02).

As for Boardman, the girls 200 freestyle relay took sixth, while the 400 freestyle relay was fifth. The 200 freestyle relay of Brooke Bailey, Jordyn Markovitch, Jessica Hilk and Colleen Manning clocked 1:40.55, while the 400 team of the same four girls put up a time of 3:39.57.

Brooke Bailey was fifth in the 100 butterfly (58.93).

“Right now, I’m focused on checking out all the results for the girls relays,” Ryan Bailey said. “Hopefully a couple of them can go.”