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Pavlak leads Emory to national title

Record-breaking times. National championships. All-America honors.

There you have it.

In her junior season at Emory University, Rocky River native Claire Pavlak has established herself as the most decorated swimmer in school history after her performances at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.

Claire Pavlak earned six All-America titles is helping Emory University to its second-straight national championship. (Photo courtesy of Mary Boutton)

Claire Pavlak earned six All-America titles in helping Emory University to its second-straight national championship. (Photo courtesy of Mary Boutton)

Pavlak, a graduate of Hathaway Brown, helped set a new national Division III record in anchoring Emory’s winning 400 medley relay team on the second day of the four-day meet. The win helped the Eagles win their second-straight national championship with 614 points, easily outdistancing Denison’s 428 points and the 382-point effort of Williams College.

The former Blazer has now earned six relay national championships, setting a program record. She had three during this year’s meet and earned a total of six All-America titles at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center as Emory won the fourth national championship in program history.

Pavlak, along with teammates Sadie Nennig, April Whitley and Leslie Hackler, turned in a 400 medley relay time of 3:42.82 to break Denison’s old mark of 3:43.42 set in 2009. That combination also won the 200 medley relay on the meet’s first day, turning in a time of 1:41.58.

The Eagles’ third relay championship came in the 400 freestyle relay as Ann Wolber, Suzanne Lemberg, Anne Culpepper and Pavlak won it with a time of 3:22.39, a program record. In addition, Pavlak anchored the Eagles’ runner-up 200 freestyle relay squad that finished in 1:33.03.

Pavlak also scored team points in two individual events. She took third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.24, then finished eighth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.16 to account for her six All-America performances. Both were personal bests for the junior.

She is the daughter of Michael and Mary Pavlak of Rocky River and is majoring in Anthropology.

Jurcak earns UAA honors

Olmsted Falls graduate Matt Jurcak was one of three Case Western Reserve University track and field athletes selected as University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week last week.

Jurcak, along with Justine Jeroski and Amanda Kline, received the honor after the Spartans’ successful outdoor season opener at the Virginia Military Institute/Washington & Lee Carnival. The former Bulldog won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.16, setting a new meet record.

The CWU junior also took third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.41. He is majoring in Chemistry.

Hoppel competing at Ashland

Jordan Hoppel of North Olmsted is a member of the Ashland University men’s outdoor track and field team this spring.

Hoppel, a sophomore, will compete in the sprint events for the Eagles, who are looking for third third-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. Ashland also finished sixth at the NCAA Division II national meet last year.

Hoppel is majoring in Exercise Science.

Snyder earns all-region honors

North Olmsted graduate Kaela Snyder, a member of the Slippery Rock women’s indoor track and field team, was named to the first-ever United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-region team.

Snyder, a middle distance runner for The Rock, competed in four events and helped Slippery Rock finish second out of 14 teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. She was one of nine women named to the all-region team.

Kaela Snyder has been named to the USTFCCCA all-region squad as a member of the Slippery Rock distance team. (Photo courtesy of Judy Cowley)

Kaela Snyder has been named to the USTFCCCA all-region squad as a member of the Slippery Rock distance team. (Photo courtesy of Judy Cowley)

The former Eagle, along with Caitlin Hancox, Jen Harpp and Rachel Knapp, turned in a time of 11:59.81 in the distance medley relay at the meet, good for second place. It was also the 16th-best time in the nation in that event.

Over the course of the two-day meet, Snyder competed in one individual event and on three relay teams.  She placed fourth in the 800 after running an indoor personal record and an NCAA Division II national meet provisional qualifying time of 2:15.34 at the Akron Invitational earlier this season. Snyder’s time at Akron ranks 28th in the nation in Division II for the 2010-11 indoor season.

Her 800 leg for the distance medley relay helped the team earn eight points for their second-place performance and easily met the NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event. The relay’s time of 11:59.81 ranks them 16th in all of Division II. Snyder was a member of one more provisional qualifying relay team, Slippery Rock’s fourth-place 1600 relay. This team clocked a time of 3:54.31at Kent State earlier this season, good for 27th in the nation.

Snyder’s fourth event was the 3200 relay, which garnered her another second-place result.

Snyder, the daughter of Judy Crowley, is a junior majoring in Elementary/Special Education.

 

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