Boardman High School freshman Brooke Bailey broke the school record in the 500 freestyle in the final meet of the regular season against Massillon Washington last week.
Bailey posted the record winning time of 5:24.37 eclipsing the old mark of 5:24.81 set by Megan Palmer in 2008.
Bailey also won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:03.08 in the win over Massillon Washington by the score of 136-43.
The Spartan boys also won their meet against Massillon by the score of 104-66. Boardman teams combined for 22 first places out of the 25 events. Winners included all six relays.
Emily Bodamer, Jordyn Markovitch, Jessica Hilk, and Gaby DeAscentis swam a winning time of 2:01.89 in the 200 medley relay. In the same event for the boys Tyler Calpin, Nick Barone, Alec Santamas, and Alex Downie posted a winning time of 1:52.77.
In the victorious 200 free relays the girls were Amanda Moss, Brooke Bailey, Sarah Gonda, and Colleen Manning. The boys were Alex Downie, Kyle McEvey, Nick Barone, and Ryan Bailey.
The winning 400 relay members for the girls were Jordyn Markovich, Brooke Bailey, Amanda Moss, and Colleen Manning. The boys were Ryan Bailey, David Zaitzew, Tommy Mihalopoulos, and Alec Santamas.
Other individual winners were as follows: Colleen Manning 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; Jordyn Markovitch, 100 and 50 freestyle; Lily Testa, diving; Emily Bodamer, 100 butterfly; Jessica Hilk, 100 backstroke; Ryan Bailey, 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle; Alex Downie, 50 freestyle; Alec Santamas, 100 butterfly; and David Zaitzew, 500 freestyle.
On Jan. 28, the Spartan swimmers hosted Massillon Jackson and Uniontown Lake in a double dual meet competition.
Jackson won the meet against both Spartan teams while the Spartans won both sides of the meet against Lake.
Both Alex Downie and Ryan Bailey posted double individual victories in the meet. Downie won the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly while Bailey posted wins in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle.
Other individual winners for Boardman were as follows: Jordyn Markovitch in the 200 freestyle, Alec Santamas in the 100 butterfly, Brooke Bailey in the 500 freestyle, and Jessica Hilk in the 100 backstroke. Boardman swimmers won the two medley relays. Gaby DeAscentis, Brooke Bailey, Emily Bodamer, and Colleen Manning won the girls medley in a time of 1:57.08. Alex Downie, Ryan Bailey, Alec Santamas, and Nick Barone finished in a first place time of 1:45.84 in the medley.
“Brooke Bailey swam an excellent race in the 500 freestyle. She negative split her last 100 which sealed the record setting time. Brooke is very competitive in practice and the meets. She has a very bright future in swimming,” SPartan swim coach Terry O’Halloran said.
The head coach noted “Our freshman swimmers have really made a lot of progress this season. Tyler Calpin, David Zaitzew, Tommy Mihalopoulos, Sarah Gonda, Amanda Moss, and Julia Lewis are all working hard and dropping their times. All of our swimmers are looking forward to the sectional meets this coming weekend.
“Our boys will be swimming at Akron University this Friday morning and the girls will be there Saturday afternoon. District qualifiers will move on to Cleveland State University on Feb. 17. State qualifiers will be in Canton Feb. 24 and 25.