Falls boys swimmers rout Brunswick; place fourth at Walsh

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The Cuyahoga Falls boys swimming and diving team finished fourth with 98 points at the five-team Walsh Jesuit Warrior Relay Meet Dec. 29 at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.

Walsh won the competition and Copley and Brecksville-Broadview Heights placed second and third, respectively.

"The guys swam unbelievable -- off the hook," Falls head coach Mike McDonald said.

Three Black Tigers' relay teams won. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Justin Capriola, Will Turnbull, Ryan Hillyer and Andrew Appleby placed first with a time of 7 minutes, 40.87 seconds.

"Will broke two minutes for the first time with a 1:58," McDonald said.

Also winning were the 400 medley team of Appleby, Landon Alderman, Turnbull and Hillyer (3:49.71) and the 200 backstroke unit of Turnbull, Austin Crawford, Hillyer and Appleby (1:46.34).

"When we got to the freestyle, Ryan shut the door on Walsh in the 400 medley," McDonald said. "Andrew swam a 22.5 as the anchor of the 200 back. That's not going to be touched for a little bit."

Alex Wilson, who was part of the second-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:56.86), and Devon Ball were named the team's performers of the meet.

Appleby set his third school record this season when he swam a first-place time of 1:56.32 in the 200 individual medley during the team's 117-61 victory over Northeast Ohio Conference River Division rival Brunswick Dec. 28 at Falls.

The Black Tigers set 13 personal records and improved to 2-0 in the River Division.

The following Falls' swimmers and divers placed in the top three and the following Black Tigers' relay teams won:

• 200 medley relay: Turnbull, Alderman, Appleby and Hillyer, first, 1:45.72

• 200 freestyle: Justin Capriola, first, 2:01.15; and Nix, second, 2:05.18

• 200 IM: Rory Capriola, third, 2:30.03

• 50 freestyle: Hillyer, first, 22.89

• Diving: Crawford, second, 227.55 points

• 100 butterfly: Turnbull, first, 57.92; and Justin Capriola, third, 1:08.2

• 100 freestyle: Turnbull, first, 55.32; and Crawford, third, 56.02

• 500 freestyle: Nix, first, 5:40.02; and Rory Capriola, third, 5:56.31

• 100 backstroke: Hillyer, first, 1:02.7; and Reed, second, 1:08.24

• 400 freestyle relay: Crawford, Reed, Turnbull and Appleby, first, 3:39.56

Nick Neal and Gabriel Glor were named the team's performers of the meet.

"We call Nick wiki Nicky," McDonald said. "He learned butterfly on wikipedia. He has grown up quite a bit in the last few weeks both physically and mentally."

The Black Tigers are set to visit NOC River Division rival Stow-Munroe Falls Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. They are scheduled to compete at the Northeast Ohio Classic Invitational Jan. 12 at Ocasek Natatorium and C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The action is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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