By Ryan Kaczmarski
The swim meet between North Olmsted and Avon Lake Saturday night came down to the final event in both boys and girls competition, with the Shoremen beating the Eagles boys 94-89 and the Eagles girls winning over the Shoregals 94-92 on a last-event disqualification.
“We got a lucky win out of the two,” said first-year North Olmsted head coach Patrick Burda. “It’s real exciting. It’s good to see the kids excited about it and getting behind each other.
“That always hypes up the coaches, when we see the kids get behind each other and enjoying it,” he added.
The girls victory marks their second of the season.
Some of the key victories on the girls side were from the 200-yard medley relay (Megann Ott, Sofia Chinchilla, Kara Foraker and Dana Sabino) and Jacky Jarachovic in the 200-yard and 50-yard freestyle. This is the second week in a row that Jarachovic has dropped her time in the event.
“Last week she went six-one hundredths of a second faster than what she did the week before, this week she was six-one hundredths of a second faster than last week,” Burda said. “Hopefully this week coming, she’ll drop six-tenths instead of six one-hundredths.”
“It’s just really important to me that all of my hard work is paying off,” Jarachovic said. “As I work harder throughout the season, I’ll hopefully get to state and achieve all of my goals.
“This was the first (team) win we’ve had in a long time,” she added. “I was really nice to get a big win after the disqualification.”
Other winners for the Eagles girls team were Kara Foraker (200-yard IM and 100-yard butterfly), Ott (100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke), Sofia Chinchilla (500-yard freestyle) and the 400-yard relay team (Jarachovic, Sabino, Hannah Bryner and Meg Loeser).
The boys team is still looking for their first victory of the season.
The event winners for the North Olmsted boys were David Hundt (200-yard IM and 100-yard breaststroke), Ryan Sara (50-yard and 100-yard freestyle) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team (Sara, Mark Becks, Hundt and Kenny Urbanek).
Not only are the Eagles teams young, but the whole coaching staff is going through their first year together.
“I think we’ve had a nice season (so far),” Burda said. “The kids have been performing well. We win about 90 percent of the events on the girls side, and on the guys side we’ve put up some first places pretty consistently.
“We’ve had a number of kids (Jarachovic, Ott and Sara) beat their district times from last year,” he added. “It’s a real close-knit group of kids and we’re having fun. They’re performing well and they are working hard at practice. Overall, I’m really pleased with the experience.”
Not only is this Burda’s first year coaching at NOHS, this is his first year coaching at any high school. The former Cleveland State Viking swimmer is also the head coach of the Lakewood USA swim team and a Brooklyn Rec. team, of which he swam for both.
“This is the first team I’ve coached that I didn’t swim for,” Burda said. “Which is very interesting.”