Carson Foster, Hannah Bach Set Records at Ohio Division 1 State Championships

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Carson Foster and Hannah Bach each had record-breaking performances to highlight the 2018 Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Division I State Championships. Mason High School won the girls meet with 236 points while Cincinnati St. Xavier dominated the boys meet with a total score of 413.

Full Results

Girls Meet

Top 5 Girls Teams:

1. Mason – 236
2. North Canton Hoover – 190.5
3. Hudson – 164.5
4. Cincinnati St. Ursula – 155
5. Cincinnati Ursuline Academy – 146

Cincinnati Ursuline’s Ellie Wheeler (27.29), Claudia Butterfield (28.64), Megan Glass (23.86) and Bella Matesa (23.23) began the meet with a win in the 4×50 medley relay. The quartet combined to post a 1:43.02, finishing just ahead of Hudson (1:43.26) and Mason (1:43.43).

Mason’s Allison Bloebaum won a close 200 free battle in 1:48.31, just ahead of Glass (1:48.83) and Dublin Coffman’s Kristyn Sabol (1:49.72). Bloebaum, who is committed to swim at Missouri, dominated the 500 free to win in 4:49.60 ahead of Upper Arlington’s Dakota Elliot (4:52.78) and Hudson’s Paige McCormick (4:55.15).

Future Pitt swimmer Elliot led the way of two swimmer breaking the two-minute barrier in the 200 IM, winning with a final time of 1:58.78. Cincinnati St. Ursula’s Hannah Foster finished second in 1:59.60 and Brunswick’s Felicia Pasadyn took third in 2:00.78.

Pasadyn won the 100 back in 54.28, followed by Kings Mills Kings’ Brynna Wolfe (55.43) and Powell’s Kate Saczawa (55.60). Glass won the 100 fly by over one second in 53.51, followed by Powell’s Rachel Peroni (54.68) in second and Dublin Coffman’s Hannah Bailey (55.20) in third.

North Canton Hoover senior and future Ohio State Buckeye Amanda Palutsis sprinted her way to a state title in the 50 free, stopping the clock in a quick 22.96 as the only swimmer to break the 23-second barrier. Her teammate Parker Timken finished second in 23.06 and Lancaster’s Olivia Schmelzer took third in 23.14. Schmelzer, who will stay close to home next year and swim for Cincinnati, won the 100 free in 49.51, followed by Timken (49.96) and Palutsis (50.23).

North Canton Hoover’s Pulutsis (22.86), Kate Lochridge (23.86), Caroline Ehlers (23.01) and Timken (22.62) were victorious in the 4×50 free relay, posting a final time of 1:32.35 for a new state record. Mason finished second (1:34.18) while Cincinnati St. Ursula (1:34.71) wound up in third.

Brecksville’s Hannah Bach won the 100 breast in a final time of 1:00.75 to set a new Ohio record in the event. Dublin Coffman’s Ellie Andrews was second in 1:01.09 and Westerville’s Janessa Matthews took third in 1:01.60.

On the boards, Mount Notre Dame’s Teagan Moravek dove to first on the 1-meter with a score of 479.85. Gahanna Lincoln’s Maycey Vieta dove to second with 466.30 points and Lewis Center’s Lauren Cheetham finished third with a score of 449.10.

North Canton Hoover’s Palutsis (50.52), Reagan St. Clair (52.28), Ehlers (51.88) and Timken (50.01) concluded the girls meet with a win in the 4×100 free relay in a time of 3:24.69. Mason (3:27.40) was second and Cincinnati St. Ursula (3:28.55) was third.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Boys Teams:

1. Cincinnati St. Xavier – 413
2. Brecksville – 150
3. Cincinnati Sycamore – 122
4. North Canton Hoover – 121
5. Toledo St. Francis De Sales – 100

Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Justin Grender (22.48), Scott Sobolewski (25.44), Jean-Pierre Khouzam (21.53) and Alex Wade (20.52) began the boys meet with a win in the 4×50 medley relay. The quartet dominated the field to win in 1:29.97 ahead of Sylvania Southview (1:33.05) and Cincinnati Sycamore (1:33.88).

Cincinnati Sycamore’s Carson Foster dominated the 200 free in 1:34.19. The sophomore placed first by over three seconds and his time set a new Ohio state record. Hudson’s Jay Johnson finished second in 1:37.52 and Lewis Center’s Benjamin Kuriger took third in 1:37.90. Foster was also victorious in the 500 free, winning by over 10 second in 4:20.21. Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Nicholas Perera was second in 4:30.50 and his teammate Sam Fallon took third in 4:31.16.

Johnson won the 100 free in 44.69, only a few tenths ahead of Dublin Coffman’s Eddie Michael (44.92) and Youngstown’s Callen Aulizia (45.81). Perera, who will be swimming at Alabama this fall, won the 200 IM in 1:48.70. His teammate Ansel Froass (1:49.23) was second and Westerville North’s Jason Mathews (1:50.43) was third.

Mathews later won the 100 breast in 54.76, followed by Sobolewski (55.50) and Ashland’s Hudson McDaniel (55.59). Grender, who is off to Virginia this fall, earned the gold in the 100 back, touching the wall in 48.07 for the win. In prelims Grender touched in 47.39, taking down Jayme Chramers‘ 2001 state record mark of 47.65. Sylvania Southview’s R.J. Kondalski grabbed the silver in 48.95 and Cuyahoga Falls Walsh’s Kaden Smesko took bronze in 49.44.

Brecksville’s David Madej sprinted his way to first place in the 50 free, stopping the clock in a swift 20.33. Grender was second in a close 20.36 and Beavercreek’s Josef Pohlmann was third in 20.48. Madej, who will swim for Stanford next season, also won the 100 fly with a time of 47.78, just ahead of Khouzam (47.76) and Kuriger (47.93).

Dublin Jerome’s Grant Cicci (21.19), Westin Fishel (20.95), Elek Kayuha (20.89) and Max Scott (20.33) and Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Froass (21.44), Nicholas Czepukaitis (20.77), Alex Wade (20.57) and Perera (20.58) tied for first in the 4×50 free relay, both posting a final time of 1:23.36. North Canton Hoover (1:23.57) wound up in third.

Shaker Heights’s Lyle Yost dominated the 1-meter diving, finishing with a final score of 602.40. New Albany’s Noah Duperre (579.05) dove to second and Powell’s Jack Matthews (513.70) finished third.

Cincinatti St. Xaviers’s Czepukaitis (46.20), Khouzman (46.11), Perera (46.41) and Grender (43.37) concluded the boys meet with a win in the 4×100 free relay, posting a final time of 3:02.09. Brecksville (3:04.06) took second and Hudson (3:06.20) was third.

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4 years ago

Foster’s 200 free is impressive, especially for a sophomore, but at least by the finish of the weekend (I don’t know the dates of the Ohio D-1 and D-2 meets.) Foster was not the overall Ohio state high school record holder.

Based on reporting from a day or two earlier:
“Bellbrook’s Cody Bybee, who will swim at Arizona State this fall, dominated the 200 free
in 1:34.02. He placed first by over seven seconds and his time set a new Ohio state
record. ”

Carson’s wonderful 1:34.19 falls short of Cody’s 1:34.02 as the Ohio state record. Absent some high school rule in Ohio I don’t understand, Cody holds the D-II and overall record and Carson the D-1 mark.

Great job by both gentlemen.

Butler Buck
4 years ago

I believe they split that based on division-D1 record and D2 record.

I hope Carson can talk his brother into swimming at Sycamore next year. Talk about breaking some relay records…

The D1 boys 200 free relay ended up in a tie. I am surprised they didn’t require a swim of.

4 years ago
Reply to  Butler Buck

Jake Foster attends St. Xavier but doesn’t swim High School. Carson Foster transferred from St. Xavier to Sycamore in the middle of the school year.