Friday, September 22, 2023

Hawken claims 24th straight state title

Hawken’s girls’ swimming and diving team claimed its 24th straight title at its home away from home over the weekend.

The Hawks won four individual event titles on the way to scoring 269 ½ points at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Hathaway Brown was second with 243 points. Orange placed 18th with 43 points, Chagrin Falls was 23rd with 25, Kirtland placed 24th with 22 points, and West Geauga finished 30th with 16 points.

Hawken’s individual state champions included seniors Jessica Eden and Tori Culotta. The Hawks also won the state title in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Eden won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:00.38 and the 100-yard backstroke in 54.99. Culotta won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:56.27.

Eden teamed up with senior Maggie Mallett, junior Chloe Bautista, and freshman Addy Pruce to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:35.

Hawken also had several other swimmers earn a spot on the podium.

Sophomore Carys Edgar placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.15) and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.02) while sophomore Sarah Pophal was fifth (5:00.59). Mallett placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.79) and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (56.08).

Hawken’s 200-yard medley relay team of junior Asma Khan, Ophal, Pruce, and Bautista placed sixth with a time of 1:48.28. The Hawks placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Mallett, Pruce, Pophal, and Eden teamed up to finish that race in 3:26.54.

Orange senior Lily Klinginsmith finished as the state runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.59) and she placed third in the 100-yard butterfly (55.20) and Kirtland senior Kaley Ream placed sixth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:04.42)

Hawken’s boys’ team finished third with 138 points. Chagrin Falls placed 11th with 73 and Beachwood was 33rd with 14 points.

The Hawks finished as the state runner-up in the 200-yard medley relay and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Seniors Jacob Esposito, Lucas Greenberg, Will Dietz, and Madan Morris teamed up to swim the 200 in 1:35.37 and the 400 in 3:11.13.

Dietz also placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.16 and third in the 100-yard backstroke (50.64).

Beachwood senior Sam Ornstein placed eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.70) and Chagrin Falls senior Joshua Rooney finished eighth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.05).

Chagrin seniors Bobby Munz, Maxwell Mignogna, and Zachary Muckle, and junior Ben Broz teamed up to place eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.96.


Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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