It is going to be more of a dogfight than some people think. Strongsville will probably provide the most challenge to St. Francis. The relays are still a work in progress for St. Francis, but they should win the medley and the 2 free. They should win the 50, back, breast, and IM. No one is talking about DiSalle in the 200 on the state level, but I would expect him to swim his best race of his career in Cleveland and again in Canton. Christian will be tough to beat in the 100 free, but Brodie and DiSalle will contend.
St. Francis has too much depth, but their big guns will not be tapered or shaved for the district. They might perform like the big guns from St. I last year; they lost to St. Francis in the medley and some individual races, but swam faster in Canton.
According to the sectional results, St. F squeaks out a close victory 337-323. And we all know the sectional results mean pretty close to nothing. Again, it depends on how Strongsville has tapered their swimmers, as 5 of the St. Francis swimmers are not tapered or shaved for this meet. St. I and Lakewood St. Edward have some really impressive swimmers, but not enough depth to contend this year.
Any clue why Brodie has such trouble with the 100? I expect him to win the 50 at state with a good taper but he hasn't even qualified for the 100 the past 2 years.. Is it just a struggle preparing mentally for him or something else? Also, I think it's risky not shaving everyone other than Barone and Brodie because DiSalle and Sobczak may have trouble qualifying their individuals without a full taper/shave for Saturday. Also, if St. F hopes to contend for the state title they need Borgman to step up this weekend in the 500 and put himself in contention for points in Canton as St. X is very deep in that event. Does anyone have word on Hopkins taper? He showed some very fast times in the 2 and the 5 at Sectionals
He swam the 50 and breast as a frosh and soph. Last year, he had a bad swim at sectionals, which put him in the 3rd heat at districts. (Swimming the sectionals at Napoleon is a firkin joke!!!) He won his heat, but did not qualify for Canton. Pretty much the same scenario this year. Hopefully, he learned that he needs to dominate the 2nd heat (only 3 heats this year) this year at Cleveland State. He states that he cannot swim with the same stroke rate in the 100 as he does in the 50. He has had a difficult time trying to figure out how to swim it over the past two years. He did split a 46.21 in the 4 free relay last year in Canton, so he can do it, but he has to believe in himself. As you probably know, these young men can have all of the physical ability in the world, but until they believe in themselves, they may not perform as they should. All expect a great swim Saturday.
As far as the others, they will swim very well this Saturday and get to Canton. The sectional times are not real accurate. They will be slightly rested and suited up, but not shaved. And yes, it is time for some of the other swimmers to step up and carry on the swimming tradition of the Knights. That is what makes this weekend so much fun!!!
Another dominating performance by the Knights. They won 8 of 11 events. They lost the 500 by a second in the most exciting race of the night, and the favorites in the other two events were not shaved and tapered for this meet. All of the coaches have done a great job, especially when thrown together in August!!! House is a young terrific swimmer, but I would take the top 5 at St. Francis and put them up against any other top 5 swimmers from any other school in the state.