Hawken’s Jessica Eden and Will Dietz double individually at Division II SPIRE Sectional Swimming – News-Herald

Jessica Eden certainly felt some fatigue on February 11 after Division II SPIRE Sectional.

One of the contributing factors for Hawken’s standout elder and his counterparts in this regard was likely, between the extra body heat as opposed to last year’s pandemic-limited sessions and the temperature of the facility, SPIRE looked like a sauna – and in an unusual way.

Another factor no doubt, however, was Eden’s usual brilliance as the road to Canton begins in earnest.

The reigning News-Herald two-time swimmer of the year swept her signature individual events, 200 yard individual medley and 100m backstroke, for her fifth and sixth career individual sectional crowns, as well as a strong foothold on the second place for the Hawks. 400 free relays.

Hawken was edged out for the section tag team title by longtime rival Hathaway Brown, 432-402. But the Hawks — and Blazers, for that matter — will place more emphasis on that component at the district and state level. After all, there wasn’t even a team trophy presentation or celebratory photo post-match at SPIRE.

As far as Eden is concerned, it was all in the day’s work as the stakes rise deeper in February.

In 200 IM, in which the Ohio State signee is the two-time defending D-II State champion, she hit the wall in a time of 2 minutes, 6.52 seconds. It should be noted that in the middle of a solid swim and aware of its deep potential below 2:04, there was a butterfly gap of 26.94. That’s 0.35 faster than his section-winning run a year ago.

“I was happy with it,” Eden said. “I still feel pretty tired right now. We’ve been working a bit, so I’m excited to see what I can do at the district next week.

Her 100 backstroke was a solid and essentially undisputed 57.38, which marks a 0.47 drop from when she was second in the event at SPIRE last winter. Eden hit 27.77 on his opening 50, a drop of 0.49 in itself from 2021 at SPIRE.

The relays, as they likely will over the next two weekends, featured the usual battles with HB. Eden had an anchor of 51.96 as the Hawks went 3:34.68 over the 400 freestyle relay.

“My goal is just to be as fast as possible,” Eden said of 100 back. “I struggle with that. I’m usually slower than I would like, so it’s harder to come back as fast as I need to. So getting that rhythm straight away was what I was looking to do.

“I think the relays are all subject to change. I feel pretty confident with all the girls who swam today, and we’ll see what happens.

On the boys’ side, Hawken’s Will Dietz continued to amp up his candidacy for the 2022 News-Herald Boys Swimmer of the Year with his own individual double.

His 200 freestyle win was 1:42.88, a 1.50 drop from his run capturing the district title in 2021 in the event. What really stood out there was a 26.36 third 50, a 0.72 cut from last winter’s SPIRE District.

It was a nice deal, but arguably his 100 back crown was even more impressive.

In a packed field with Joshua Rooney of Chagrin Falls, Jonathan Ratka of NDCL, Andrew Lewis of Gilmour and Krys Gorski of Andrews Osborne, Dietz came out first in perhaps the showpiece race of the competition. He made it home in 26.44, with an underwater masterclass after the final 25 turn, to thwart any resistance from neighboring lanes en route to a 52.26.

“I don’t know (Gorski) very well – I spoke to him a bit before the one event,” Dietz said. “But I train with Josh and Jon in the offseason. We were all having fun with each other before the meeting, and we were just talking about it. So we were all very excited about the idea of ​​swimming.

“And especially Josh, because I know after the CVC meet I was telling Josh that would be the last time I would swim the 100 backstroke, because I didn’t think I was going to swim it in the playoffs. Josh was very happy to hear that I was going to swim to get more races against me I guess and I’m looking forward to racing with him next weekend.

Dietz also had an anchor of 47.39 as Hawken took 400 free stints in 3:16.56.

University won the boys’ tag team title with 453 points. Jack Faulkner helped lead the charge with a 50 free run win in 21.91, down 0.05 from his district-winning run a year ago, a close second in 100 free runs (48, 98) and a 22.05 second run on the Preppers‘ game-winning 200 free run relay. (1:29.82).

Nathan Reigle from Geneva, Lucas Greenberg and Preston Wooley from Hawken, Maddie Sammut from Gilmour and Aiden Owens from the United States also recorded other notable strokes from the News-Herald’s cover area artists.

Reigle was a surprise lane 0 runner-up in 50 free with a 22.43. Greenberg rallied from a 0.44 corner deficit to a 25.18 closeout, down 0.91 from the section a year ago, when he won 100 free runs with a 48.89.

Wooley had his own class-leading spool in the 500 freestyle, clocking 29.20/28.15 over his last 100 for the sectional crown in 4:52.07. Sammut posted a breakthrough performance in the 200 free with a 1:58.84 to take second place. Owens finished second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.32, a massive reduction of 1.58 from when he was 11th in district competition in 2021.

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