Howland swimmer wins sectional title

Howland sophomore Jared Mindek won a Division II Akron Sectional title Friday at the Ocasek Natatorium on the campus of the University of Akron.

Mindek won the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:02.27, better than his seeded time.

The top two in each sectional event advance to next weekend’s district swim meet at Cleveland State University.

Hubbard freshman Dominic Panozzo was second in the same event (2:04.15), while McDonald freshman Brooklyn Bokan was second in the girls 100 backstroke (1:04.11).

Other area Division II sectional swimmers who have a shot at at-large bids for next week’s district are: Howland sophomore Mia Pantalone (girls 200 IM), Liberty sophomore Olivia Benson (girls 50 freestyle), Howland’s girls 200 freestyle relay (Pantalone, Caitlyn Mindek, Rachel Delida and Corrine Daniels), Liberty sophomore Andrew Riser (100 butterfly), Lakeview senior Alex Rohrer (500 freestyle), Howland girls 200 medley relay (Mackenzie Karabin, Mindek, Pantalone, Delida) and Liberty freshman Emily Benson (200 freestyle).

All at-large bids will be announced today.

As for the Division I athletes at the Akron Sectional on Saturday, Harding has a couple shots at at-large bids in junior Brendan Leecue in the 100 butterfly and senior Lydia Walls in the 50 freestyle.

In the Canton Sectional at the C.T. Branin Natatorium, the site of the state meet in less than two weeks, Boardman had some automatic qualifiers.

Sophomore diver Teddy Anzevino took second in diving (348.90), while junior Will Linker was second in the 200 freestyle. The 200 medley relay of River Flatley, Jordan Stackpole, Mason Rassega and Siman Mascola were second (1:41.84).

The Boardman girls 200 freestyle relay of Mikel Flatley, Alison Kuras, Alyssa Dinapoli and Jennah Markovitch were third, as well as the boys 200 freestyle relay of Noah Basista, Rassega, Linker and Matthew DunLany were third.

Austintown Fitch sophomore Jake Lawrence was third in the 100 backstroke.

Boardman junior Madison Ricciuti was fourth girls diving, while Stackpole was fourth in the 200 freestyle.

Rasssega was sixth in the 200 IM, while River Flatley was sixth in the 100 backstroke. Flatley was seventh in the 200 IM.