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Pirates start strong, top Demons in season opener
Pirates start strong, top Demons in season openerStory by Jim Horvath
Photos and video by Larry Bennet


The 2013-14 swimming and diving season got underway this week as longtime rivals Rocky River and Westlake faced each other at the Westlake Recreation Center pool. The visiting Pirates came away with a pair of team wins, taking the girl meet 124-59 and the boys meet 105-81.

In the girls competition, sophomore Lauren Devorace and junior Emma Flynn each took part in four first-place finishes. Devorace won the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke, while also swimming in the Pirates' winning 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle relays. Flynn won the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke, while taking part in River's winning 200 and 400 Freestyle relay squads.

Westlake's Kevin Waitrovich had a big night, winning the 100 Breaststroke and taking part in the Demons' winning 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle relays.

For the Rocky River boys, junior Sam Stankivicz, senior John Armour and senior Eric Salberg had triple wins.

Stankivicz won the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly, then swam anchor in the Pirates' winning 400 Freestyle relay. Armour won the 200 and 500 Freestyle races and swam the second leg of River's 400 Freestyle relay. Salberg took the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke before swimming the third leg of the Pirates' 400 Freestyle relay.

Here are the winning times in all events for both meets:

Girls
200 Medley Relay: Rocky River (Rachel Salberg, Elise Pichola, Megan Jaite, Anna Brandt) 2:03.19
200 Freestyle: Haley Rosiak, Rocky River, 2:06.32
200 IM: Emma Flynn, Rocky River, 2:16.76
50 Freestyle: Colleen Hoke, Westlake, 27.63
Diving: Ryleigh Macalla, Rocky River, 267.51
100 Butterfly: Pichola, Rocky River, 1:08.11
100 Freestyle: Lauren Devorace, Rocky River, 54.74
500 Freestyle: Maggie Guilfoyle, Westlake, 5:46.63
200 Freestyle Relay: Rocky River (Devorace, Flynn, Salberg, Rosiak) 1:45.43
100 Backstroke: Devorace, Rocky River, 1:03.20
100 Breaststroke: Flynn, Rocky River, 1:13.55
400 Freestyle Relay: Rocky River (Flynn, Pichola, Rosiak, Devorace) 3:55.98

Boys
200 Medley Relay: Westlake (Joe Knurek, Kevin Waitrovich, Jake Bechtel, Collin Hughes) 1:47.16
200 Freestyle: John Armour, Rocky River, 2:03.3
200 IM: Same Sam Stankivicz, Rocky River, 2:06.25
50 Freestyle: Eric Kanner, Rocky River, 23.64
Diving: Ian Bokas, Rocky River, 170.17
100 Butterfly: Stankivicz, Rocky River, 56.11
100 Freestyle: Eric Salberg, Rocky River, 53.00
500 Freestyle: Armour, Rocky River, 5:49.55
200 Freestyle Relay: Westlake (Waitrovich, Hughes, Joe Knurek, Bechtel) 1:36.45
100 Backstroke: Salberg, Rocky River, 59.24
100 Breaststroke: Waitrovich, Westlake, 1:07.50
400 Freestyle Relay: Rocky River (Kanner, Armour, Salberg, Stankivicz) 3:39.69

Click on the cameras below for photos and video highlights of this meet:

      
      


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