By Stefanie Kilnapp
The North Olmsted Eagles swim team is anxious to break records this season with a cornucopia of young talent coming in ready to work.
Jacquelyn Jarachovic, specifically, has been standing out, swimming in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle events.
“As a team, our relays have broken several records,” Jarachovic said. “This year we’ve broken three different records, then one of them we’ve broken a couple times each. We get behind each other really well and I think that’s what makes all the difference. We are a really big team and push each other to make sure we all are doing our best.
“I’ve been working really hard in the summer,” she continued. “I trained in the off season and ever since this season started, me and my whole entire team, we all have been working really hard together and giving our best all the time.”
“Jacky has been performing real well, she’s a work horse at practice,” North Olmsted head coach Patrick Burda said. “She’s got sights set on making it out to states and today was a huge swim for her. She’s getting down there and she’s going to achieve the goals she’s set for herself if she keeps working the way she is.”
A lot of the swimmers on the squad are improving on a daily basis and are on the right path to districts and states.
“Overall, we got to a tough start at the beginning of the season getting unified as a team.” Burda said. “We had a lot of freshmen this year and the majority of the team, on both sides, is freshmen and inexperienced swimmers, so it’s been a little bit of a battle to get everyone in line and operating as a team. Every meet we’ve swum, we’ve gotten better as a team, cheering each other on, swimming hard on relays and racing people.
“The girls have a shot at making the 200 and 400 free relays not only to districts, they have a shot at making it all the way up to states this year. A majority of the team, if they perform how they’ve been performing at practices and meets, have a shot getting out to districts.”
Districts have changed venues this year, from Bowling Green to Cleveland State, so a lot of the competition and fast teams aren’t moving on with the Eagles. It’s a much smaller district now and the kids have a better chance to get out there.
Junior Ryan Sara, who swims 50 and 100 freestyle, said, “I’m really hoping to drop some time in the 50 hopefully make it out to states this year,” and freshman Austin Locksey, swimming 50, 100, 200 free and 100 back confidently stated, “Get pumped up and ready (for the postseason). I’ll be setting records, it’ll be me.”
On Thursday’s matchup against Berea, the North Olmsted girls swim team won but the boys lost by only a pinch.
“We fell a little short with the guys – we had a little bit too many disqualifications – and the girls did win,” Burda said. “That’s their second win of the season. (We had) a lot of best-times today, and we’re seeing a pretty consistent drop in time with the kids (overall).”
There were more disqualifications today than they had last season and this season combined. There was a bad turn in the backstroke, and in the relays someone left early.
“These are mistakes that we can fix quickly,” Burda said.
“I think (the disqualifications) were stupid, and if they never would’ve happened, we would’ve won today,” Locksey said.
“(We’re) disappointed with the loss today, but we’ll get them next time,” Sara concluded.
Girls Swimming: North
Olmsted 100, Berea 85
200MR: (NO) Ott,Sara,Foraker,Sabino 2:01.79.200F: Puentes(NO)
2:09.61.200IM: Foraker (NO) 2:25.47. 50F: Jarachovic (NO) 25.44.Diving:
Moroski (B)156.25.100Fly: Foraker (NO) 1:04.37.100F:
Jarachovic(NO) 55.13. 500F: Sabino (NO) 5:53.42. 200FR: (NO)
Puentes,Loeser,Bryner,Jarachovic 1:51.50.100Back: Ott (NO) 1:04.36. 100
Breast: Kranz(B) 1:13.92. 400FR: (B)
Boys Swimming: Berea 89,
North Olmsted 86
200MR: (B) Ticherich,Karp, Cipra, Salisbury 1:52.63. 200F:Ticherich
(B) 1:58.74. 200IM:Casedonte (NO) 2:19.93 50F:Sara (NO) 22.15. Diving: Purgason
(NO) 195.35.100Fly:Cipra (B) 58.51100F:Sara (NO) 49.28. 500F:Karp
(B) 5:23.98200FR:(NO)Jarufe,Locksey,Huynh,Sara 1:41.11 100Back:Salisbury