Howland’s Sekanick likely to get at-large berth for state

CLEVELAND – Brandon Sekanick is more than likely heading back to the state swim meet.

The Howland High School senior qualified for last year’s event, but barely received an at-large berth.

This year, he didn’t get one of the top two spots in the Division II boys 100-yard breaststroke, but his time of 1:01.75 at Friday’s Division II district at Cleveland State University should put in for next week’s state meet in Canton.

Sekanick took third behind Hawken’s Elijah Spiro (57.57) and Gilmour Academy’s Zachary Hostoffer (58.77).

No other Division II Trumbull County swimmer will likely get an at-large bid for state at the C.T. Branin Natatorium.

The top two in each district event (aside from diving) and the next fastest 16 times from all the districts around the state advance to Canton. Those at-large bids won’t be know until later this weekend.

“I don’t see him not getting in with that,” said Craig Yaniglos, who coaches Sekanick through Penguin Swimming. “It would be surprising. He probably should get in.”

He said Sekanick will be excited to return to Canton.

“Brandon has been someone, in working with him this year, who has been extremely consistent,” Yaniglos said. “We’re working on things as we progress. He’s really good in the swim part of it, but his weaker parts are in his starts, his pullouts, like the turns and stuff.

“We’re trying to fine-tune those areas to get his time to drop. I think our mutual goal is to go under a minute next week, but at least a good time drop would be nice. That’s where he can mostly improve.”

The Division I district swim meet is today in Cleveland, starting at 10 a.m.

CANFIELD QUALIFIES MANY: The Cardinals took third in the Division II boys team standings with 237 points. University School won the district (383), while Hawken was second (344).

Daniel Bogen led Canfield with two second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (21.49) and 100 freestyle (47.44).

Teammate Connor Brady was second in the 100 butterfly (51.84), while the team of Brady, Drew Bennett, Michael DiDomenico and Bogen were second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.47).

Those four also took third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:16.42), along with Brady in the 100 backstroke (52.55).

Kyle Anderson was fourth in the 200 IM (2:01.85), Bennett took fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:52.69) and the team of Anderson, Matthew Bogen, Adam Weiss and Ben Brucoli (1:44.11) were sixth.