The Solon Comets Swimming and Diving team braved our first northeast Ohio winter weekend weather challenge and toppled the Shaker Heights Red Raiders on Friday evening and then competed against Mentor and Strongsville on Saturday.
At Shaker Heights, the Lady Comets dominated the 200 medley relay in taking both first and second place. The team of Halle Immormino, Aurelia Sweeney, Becca Hoffman and Anna Wong won with a time of 2:00.58. The men’s 200 medley relay team of Patrick Tippen, Christopher Guo, Oliver Li and Andrew Mitchell won in a time of 1:49.28. Later in the competition, the men’s 200 free relay team of Tippen, Andrew Mitchell, Mark Lippert and Grant Pinchot also won for the Comets. Individual event winners included: Christopher Guo (200 freestyle, 100 Fly), Anna Wong (200 IM), Grant Pinchot (200 IM, 500 freestyle), Kathleen Cheng (100 back),
The Lady Comets diving team had their way with an undermanned Shaker team and finished 1, 2, 3 in the 1 meter diving competition. Chrissy Sharkus led the way for the Lady Comets with 197.4 points. Selin Yenibahar finished second and Rebecca Farag finished in third. The men’s diving team finished strong in taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Anthony Styrt led the Comets with 203.05 points.
On Saturday, the Comets traveled to the Spire Institute in Geneva to take on both the Strongsville Mustangs and the Mentor Cardinals in a 3-way meet. The men’s and women’s team both easily defeated Mentor, while the deep Mustangs team defeated the men’s and Lady Comets. The Lady Comets 200 medley relay team of Anna Wong, Aurelia Sweeney, Dana Lautenschleger and Becca Hoffman started the meet with a victory in a time of 1:54. Sophomore Grant Pinchot flew over the field in the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 52.82. Junior Anna Wong led the field in the 100 backstroke in a winning time of 1:01.75. Sophomore Chris Guo dominated the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:03.07.
The Lady Comets diving team dominated the board with an impressive 1-2-3 finish. Senior Sivan Mills led the way with 258.05 points, followed by Olivia Kreft (216) and Chrissy Sharkus(203.3). Mike Moentmann finished in second place for the men’s diving team with 194.05 points.
Overall, during Saturday’s meet, the Comets achieved over 40 best times, splits, and individual dive scores. This earned them a much needed rest and Head Coach Mike Davidson excused them from a traditional Sunday ”Christmas tree” practice set until after the holiday. When asked if he was getting perhaps a little soft, Coach Davidson replied, “We had a great meet against Strongsville and Mentor with over 40+ lifetime best swims, splits or dive scores. The TEAM earned the next two days off! I haven't gone soft as we will bring the pain next week. I like to call it the quiet before the STORM!”.