Aurora High School will send 17 athletes to the district swimming and diving championships this weekend.
The competition begins Wednesday and Thursday with diving at Massillon Perry High School.
On Wednesday at 4 pm, Aurora’s Zack Ploskunak will compete.
Aurora is Division II for boys and Division I for girls.
The top 11 boys diverse in Div. II and the top six diverse in girls Div. I will advance to next week’s state championships in Canton.
The district swimming competition will be Friday and Saturday at Cleveland State University’s Robert F. Busbey Natatorium. The top two finishers in all individual events and relays will automatically advance to the state championships. The remaining 22 at-large slots will be determined by the best times of all the district meets in the state.
The races will start at 3 pm Friday in Div. II and noon Saturday in Div. i.
Aurora’s boys have 10 individuals competing.
The boys medley relay set a school record of 1 minute, 39.97 seconds. That record-setting team was comprised of Jacob Good, Jon Hybil, Connor Zamary and Nate Ruehr.
The Greenmen also had event wins by Connor Zamary in the 100-yard butterfly (53.07) and 100 backstroke (54.27).
Many boys set personal records and scored significant points for the team. Aurora finished in second place out of a field of 26 teams. The top three individual point scorers for the boys were Zamary (40), Max Bailey (31), and Hybil (30).
Hybil (1:01.61), a senior, and junior Max Bailey are seeded third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.98). Freshman Cameron Good is ninth-seeded in the 200 individual medley (2:08.95) and Jacob Good (56.23), a senior, and Cameron Good (59.05) are 10th and 17th, respectively, along with Zamary in the 100 back.
Aurora’s 200 free relay of Zamary, Jacob Good, Ruehr and Hybil is seeded sixth (1:31.65) and the 400 free relay of junior Nate New, senior Drew Moyer, Ruehr and Cameron Good is ninth-fastest (3:29.01).
Hybil (22.85), Jacob Good (22.99) and Ruehr all qualified in the 50 free, while Bailey (5:05.30) and senior Andy Ploskunak (5:30.27) advanced in the 500 free. New will swim in the 200 free and 100 fly, while Jacob Good and Cameron Good are in the 100 back.
The Aurora girls will send seven swimmers to compete in eight events and two relays.
Junior Alayna Brooker is the second-fastest qualifier in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.61) and is No. 14 in the 200 IM (2:16.74). Her time in the breaststroke broke her own school record.
She is also on the 200 medley relay (1:57.08) with seniors Susan Zamary and Annalize Bender and junior Annabelle Zamary, and the 400 free relay with Annabelle Zamary and sophomores Annabelle Reece and Ollie Salgado.
Reece qualified in the 200 free (2:08.58), 100 butterfly (1:07.40) and 100 back (1:05.31) and Salgado advanced in the 200 free (2:08.41) and 500 free (5:48.71).
Annabelle Zamary qualified in the 50 free (26.31) and 100 free (58.42), while junior Julia Sapochetti advanced in the 100 fly (1:06.84) and 100 breast (1:15.77).
The Aurora girls finished fifth out of 15 teams, while Brooker (24), Salgado (15) and Reece (9) scoring the highest points.
“I am so incredibly proud of [the team] and having just about half [of] our team advance to districts,” said Aurora coach Kelley Mehallis. “… really shows truly how hard they worked this season to accomplish their goals. Every single swimmer had at least one new personal best time at Sectionals and we had three records broken again.”
Edward Bailey contributed to this report.