After a long and interesting season, Kenston’s Swim and Dive team ends the season with many successful finishes. Going into the season the team did not know if they would even have a season, especially with all the COVID restricts. However, the team was able to overcome all the challenges and still have strong performances. The team had a roller coaster of a season, first they were able to have preseason conditioning, but once the season was actually underway there were many cancellations of meets, students in and out of quarantine, mask wearing on a hot pool deck, social distancing, and much more. Even with all the craziness of the season, the team still fit in all their meets.
Due to COVID, in order to have all the meets possible for this season, the team had to
compete against teams they do not usually. Even though the teams were much larger, Kenston still swam great races against the new teams. The girls won 5 out of their 8 dual meets with victories over Perry, Orange, Brush, Willoughby South, and Nordonia. Also a strong 3rd overall finish at the Western Reserve Championship. On the boys side, they had victories over Perry, Brush, and Willoughby South, and finished 6th at the Western Reserve Championship. The team was led by coaches Kari Collier, Mindy Bradbury, and Jeanette DiBernardo. The team captains consisted of Emily Evans, Nicholas Korenowski, and Clay Foster. These people did a great job leading the team to a successful season even with all the unpredictable events that occurred or could have occurred.
The Dive team, though much smaller this year than in past years, had an incredible season. The team consisted of Clay Foster, Alex Bayus, and Courtney Keane. All three set new personal bests throughout the season and advanced very far in postseason meets. Courtney made it all the way to the district meet and both Alex and Clay competed at the state level. Clay Foster also ended his season with two new school records. At the Western Reserve Championship, Foster broke the record for 11 dives with a score of 432.6. At the Mayfield dual meet, Foster broke the record for 7 dives with a score of 258.2. Both records were previously held by Isaac Cooper.
Along with the divers who competed at the state level, 2 relays and 1 individual qualified on the girls swim team. The first relay to qualify was the girls 200 freestyle relay. The relay team was made up of Molly Bochenek, Cayla DiBernardo, Emily Evans, and Leilah Shafer. The other relay was the 400 freestyle relay, made up of Molly Bochenek, Calya DiBernardo, Jenny Kapcio, and Leilah Shafer. At the district meet Leilah Shafer broke the school record in 100 freestyle with a time of :53.82, qualifying her individually for the state meet. The previous record was held by Kayla Korenowski.
The team had to say a sad goodbye to several seniors this year: Emily Evans, Sarah Jaroch, Courtney Keane, Maris McKnight, and Leilah Shafer. Even though the team will miss all the talented swimmers, the team is already looking forward to what next season will bring. All are hoping next year will be back to normal, but if not, the team will still be ready to overcome and compete. Plans for pre-season conditioning are already in the works, so the team can prepare for another incredible season. Goals of more personal bests are on the swimmers mind, trying to break the many set this season. At the sectional meet alone, over 30 personal bests were set and that is not including the other personal bests set throughout the season. Overall, the 2020-2021 swim season was interesting to say the least, but memories were made that will never be forgotten.
The season continues for the Swim and Dive team as they compete at districts. After a successful sectionals meet at SPIRE on Friday 2/12, 11 athletes will begin moving on to districts. The Dive team started out the week competing on Wednesday 2/17. Clay Foster and Alex Bayus are competing on the boys team and… Continue Reading
Published in The News-Herald January 16, 2021 Chris Lillstrung There wasn’t a podium available Jan. 16 for Western Reserve Conference diving at Mayfield — and not that there should be, of course, in an age of social distancing. But Clay Foster hardly needs any help with reaching loftier heights. Because the Kenston junior’s ascension in… Continue Reading
Published in The News-Herald January 17, 2021 Chris Lillstrung Locked in the moment, Mark Hribar didn’t have much chance to enjoy what was transpiring Jan. 17 during the Western Reserve Conference meet. Don’t feel too badly for the Madison senior, though, because the resonance of his 4-for-4 day will carry for a while beyond a… Continue Reading
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Published in The Chagrin Valley Times February 27, 2020 Tony Lange The competition was different, but the 1-meter springboards were the same for Kenston senior Mary O’Neill during the Division II state diving competition last Wednesday at Branin Natatorium in Canton. After competing at the Division I big dance the past three seasons, including an… Continue Reading
Published in The Chagrin Valley Times February 20, 2020 Tony Lange It was a lonely trip for a lone event to Canton last season. But Orange sophomore Lily Klinginsmith will be making the return cruise down Interstate 77 with a full resume and three Lady Lion teammates joining her in the state waters after some… Continue Reading
Published in The News-Herald February 20, 2020 Chris Lillstrung CANTON — Before she begins her process on the board, and as her dive and degree of difficulty is announced, Mary O’Neill gives a respectful nod to the judges on each side of the diving well. The Kenston senior knows the drill well, after all, since… Continue Reading
Boys Alex Bayus, So. (diving), Clay Foster, So. (diving) Girls Mary O’Neill, Sr. (diving), 200 medley relay (Molly Bochenek, Fr., Madison Jones, Fr., Leilah Shafer, Jr., Emily Evans, Jr.) Continue Reading
Published in The Chagrin Valley Times February 13, 2020 Tony Lange The Hawken School girls swim team will be maxed out after advancing three relays and all 32 individual performances during the Division II sectional meet on Friday at the Spire Institute in Geneva. Granted no one got disqualified, no less was expected of the… Continue Reading