Howland’s Mindek, Canfield boys look to state swimming bids in Division II

CLEVELAND — Howland freshman Jared Mindek took fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:00.34 to put himself in position for a possible at-large berth to the state swimming meet.

Mindek was .05 seconds from third place at Friday’s Division II district meet at Cleveland State University.

Canfield swimmers dominated the competition as far as the area athletes are concerned with a third-place finish and 184 points.

The Cardinals got two automatic qualifiers to state in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The top two in each event move on to state, while the other top finishers have to wait until Sunday to figure out if they are at-large qualifiers for next week’s state meet in Canton.

The team of juniors Bobby Kutsch and Jason Paris, along with seniors Cullen Brady and Kamran Sarac swam 1:26.04 in the 200 and 3:11.86 in the 400. Both times, the Cardinals went against district record-breakers from Gates Mills Hawken.

Sarac was third in the 50 freestyle (21.49) and Paris was fourth (21.75). Sarac took fifth in the 100 butterfly (52.29).

Teammate Zac Sine took fourth in diving to advance with 372.40. The top six in that even5 advance to state.

Today, the Division I district swimmers compete at CSU.