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LIVE BLOG: Updates from State Swimming

AnthonyMoujaes • Feb 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Welcome to the Fandy.com Liveblog.

The final session of the four-day State Swimming and Championships is near. Division I starts at 4 p.m.

There is one ares swimmer in the pool today — Sandusky's Taylor Vargo — and she will swim two consolation races.

Vargo was 16th in the 200 (1:56.27).

Day 3 Highlights:

Last year there was the fantastic four; This year, there are none — as in zero state champions.

The top finish was a third-place swim from Port Clinton's MacKenzie Stewart; There were a handful of fourth- and fifth-place spots. But the big lesson is the rest of the state was way faster than it was a year ago, and the Northwest District was not.

The top finishes:

Stewart (PC) third, Stephanie Gyurke (Perkins) fourth in 200 IM, Perkins girls were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay, and Jillian Chapman (Perkins) was fifth in the 50.

Stewart was fourth in the breaststroke, Perkins 200 freestyle relay was fourth, and the PC 400 freestyle was sixth.

Morning Division I notes:

Sandusky sophomore Taylor Vargo did not qualify for the championship finals in the breaststroke. Vargo, the state champ in the event a year ago, swam a 1:06.22, the 10th best time overall, and missed the top eight by a half-second.

Vargo posted a 1:55.42 in the 200 freestyle (13th best time) to make it to the second day in that event.

There is a purple nest of shirts in the first row just behind the starting blocks that represents the Fremont Ross fan-base. There were also three Ross girls swimmers at the end of Vargo's lane during her 200 to watch her swim.

There are three stories scheduled for Saturday's Register on state swimming, and two more for Sunday.

Day two, Division II preliminaries, highlights:

MacKenzie Stewart, defending state champ from Port Clinton, owns the top time in the 200IM prelim (2:06.51) and Perkins' Stephanie Gyurke is seventh (2:07.56).

Perkins' Jillian Chapman made the cut for the 50 freestyle final (eighth in 24.31).

In the girls 100 breaststroke, Stewart has the fifth-best time, a 1:04.73. She came in seeded second, but coach Danny Diaz said she has a knack for delivering under pressure.

The Perkins 200 freestyle relay (Chapman, Sadie Ahlers, Mariea, Gyurke) had the No. 2 time overall, a 1:38.03.

Sophomore Kevin Bressler is No. 4 in the breaststroke, a 58.99 to break the school record he set last week, and Michael Kessler, with the 10th best time (2:01.27), is swimming the 200IM consolation race. They are the only two boys swimmers to make it to the second day.

Also, check out some live video updates on our Twitter feed HERE.

The first day of the State Swimming and Diving Championships are in the books in Canton, with four area divers in Division II finishing their routines on Wednesday:

•  Perkins Rachel Mulvin was 10th and teammate Kori Penrod 15th; Margaretta's Tyler Beekman and Port Clinton's Erin Seefus missed the cut to the top 16. There's a story in Thursday's Register on the diving, as well as a preview of Port Cinton and returning state champion MacKenzie Stewart.

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