Sunday, February 25, 2024

Torok, Stipkovich pace Hornets at CVC Swim Meet

Kirtland’s boys and girls swim teams showed vast improvement at the 2015 Chagrin Valley Conference Swim Meet at Hawken on Saturday. The girls finished ninth overall while the boys were 10th.

“Everybody swam very well,” said Kirtland coach John Stipkovich. “Just about everybody had an improvement in at least one race, which was good to see. Typically, we don’t have good swims at that pool, so that was encouraging.”

Senior Sydney Torok and sophomore Matt Stipkovich stood out for the Hornets.

Torok finished 14th in the 100-yard Breaststroke and 16th in the 200-yard Individual Medley. She also teamed up with juniors Maddie Sohngen, Rachel Bramley and Bridget Stark to finish eighth in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and eighth in the 200-yard Medley Relay.

“Sydney has always had a very strong meet in her 200 and her 100 breaststroke,” Coach Stipkovich said. “She dropped quite a bit of time in her 200 IM. That was an encouraging.

“The girls’ relays did really well. They’ve been trying to drop time. It wasn’t the best time they’ve had this year but they were solid with the competition and they maintained their focus throughout.”

Matt Stipkovich finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.

“Matt had two very good swims,” Coach Stipkovich said. “He dropped time in both. It was just a little bit of time, not a lot, but that was encouraging. That’s the first time he swam against people that were really faster than he was, so that was an encouraging result.”

Earlier this week the Hornets boys’ and girls’ teams split a tri-meet with Cuyahoga Heights and Bedford. Both teams defeated Cuyahoga Heights and came up short against the Bearcats.


1. Gates Mills Hawken 361
2. Pepper Pike Orange 212
3. Chagrin Falls High School 190
4. Kenston High School 188
5. Perry High School 105
6. Aurora High School 103
7. Independence High School 84
8. West Geauga High School 59
9. Kirtland High School 20
10. Cuyahoga Heights High School 10
11. Beachwood High School 3

1. Gates Mills Hawken 338
2. Chagrin Falls High School 280
3. Kenston High School 153
4. Pepper Pike Orange 122
5. Independence High School 96
6. Aurora High School 95
7. West Geauga High School 92.5
8. Beachwood High School 83
9. Perry High School 51
10. Kirtland High School 18.5

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
5 Stipkovich, Matt SO

Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
6 Stipkovich, Matt SO

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
8 KIR 1) Sohngen, Maddie JR 2) Torok, Sydney SR 3) Bramley, Rachel JR 4) Stark, Bridget JR

200 Yard Freestyle
24 Bramley, Rachel JR

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
5 Stipkovich, Matt SO

Girls 200 Yard IM
16 Torok, Sydney SR

Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
24 Stark, Bridget JR
25 Sohngen, Maddie JR
35 Umanzio, Nina FR

Boys 50 Yard Freestyle
32 Grisso, Scott JR
33 Miller, Johnathan SO

Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
20 Stark, Bridget JR
34 Umanzio, Nina FR

Boys 100 Yard Freestyle
26 Grisso, Scott JR

Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
8 KIR 1) Sohngen, Maddie JR 2) Bramley, Rachel JR 3) Torok, Sydney SR 4) Stark, Bridget JR

Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
20 Bramley, Rachel JR
23 Sohngen, Maddie JR 

20 Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
6 Stipkovich, Matt SO

Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
14 Torok, Sydney SR

Steve Hare
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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