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Banquet honors 2017-18 Swimmers and Divers
March 29, 2018

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The Boardman High School Swim and Dive Team celebrated their season at the Boardman Holiday Inn Banquet Center on March 11. Head Coach Terry O'Halloran introduced the special guests including Boardman Board of Education President Jeff Barone, and members Vicky Davis and John Landers. Also introduced were Superintendent Tim Saxton, Athletic Director Denise Gorske, and Assistant Principal David Kornbau. O'Halloran recognized the 12 seniors and their parents. The swimmers and parents were Carly Amendola, daughter of Jennifer and Anthony Amendola; Callen Aulizia, son of Jennifer and Dan Aulizia; Mia Bruno, daughter of Bonnie and Emil Bruno; David Giancola, son of Michelle and Jeff Giancola; Ella Hare, daughter of Althea and Sean Hare, Sydney Hull daughter of Lora and Mike Hull, Megan Janak daughter of Jeannine and Mike Janak, Kyle Kimerer son of Patricia and Kerry Kimerer, Hailey Marcus daughter of Katie and Robert Marcus; Sarah Murray, daughter of Amy and Scott Murray; Maria Perera, daughter of Melanie and Thusith Perera; and Brendan Rutledge, son of Anne and Michael Rutledge. Senior Sarah Murray proceeded the dinner with the invocation.

After the dinner, O'Halloran recognized the assistant swim coaches Carlo Cordon, Chad DeAngelo, and diving coach Ron Navarra. This year's team captains were awarded captain pins for their letter jackets. The captains were Sydney Hull, Kyle Kimerer, Sarah Murray, Hailey Marcus, Callen Aulizia, and Ella Hare. 2017-18 Team honors included sweeping conference titles for the American Athletic Conference for the fourth consecutive year and the Northeast Aquatic Conference for the 2nd consecutive year. The Spartan teams were also undefeated in both conferences in dual meet action. Team academic honors also included recognition from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for achieving Academic Silver Medal Awards for both the girls' and boys' teams' G. P. A. averages of 3.65 and 3.66. Seven individual senior athletes also garnered Academic All-American Honors for maintaining a 3.75 + G. P. A. for their swimming career at Boardman High School. The athletes were Carly Amendola, Mia Bruno, Megan Janak, Hailey Marcus, Callen Aulizia, David Giancola, and Kyle Kimerer. During the 33 year history of the team, Boardman swimmers and divers have earned 74 individual Academic All-American recognitions. Individual swimming and diving honors included 7 school record breaking performances. Callen Aulizia set an All-American time of 20.55 in the 50 freestyle at the state meet. Kyle Kimerer broke the 200 free record at the district meet posting a time of 1:41.84. Megan Janak set a new 11 dive mark of 406.80 points at the AAC Championships. Noah Basista broke the school record in the 200 individual medley with the time of 1:56.23 at the district meet. Three school relay records also were set this year. The boys 400 free relay, Kyle Kimerer, Matthew DunLany, Noah Basista, and Callen Aulizia, posted an All-American and school record time of 3:05.72. The same four boys set new marks and All-American Consideration times in the 200 medley, 1:34.59 and the 200 free, 1:25.82 relays. Mikel Flatley, Alison Kuras, Alyssa DiNapoli, and Jennah Markovitch dropped the school record to 1:40.30 in the 200 free relay. To date Spartan swimmers have certified 18 All-American time standards with a possible two more that will be decided after the school year ends in June.

Boardman returned to this year's state Division I Championship for the 19th consecutive year and 26th appearance out of the 33 years Boardman has had a team. Boardman scored an all-time high 88 points and finished in ninth place at this year's meet. Individually, the Spartan's made finals in four events including relays. Callen Aulizia placed 3rd in the 100 free and 5th in the 50 free. The 400 relay came in fifth and the 200 medley placed seventh. Aulizia, Kimerer, DunLany, and Basista swam both relays. Kyle Kimerer placed 11th in the 100 butterfly and 17th in the 200 free. Noah Basista placed 20th in the 100 breaststroke. Matt DunLany came in 25th in the 100 butterfly. At the conclusion of the meet Coach Terry O'Halloran was voted by the state coaches as the 2018 Ohio's Division I Boy's Coach of the Year.

The banquet concluded with the presentation of several special awards presented by the coaches. Four year varsity letters were awarded to seniors Ella Hare, Callen Aulizia, David Giancola, and Kyle Kimerer. Third year letter awards were earned by Mia Bruno, Sydney Hull, Hailey Marcus, Sarah Murray, Brendan Rutledge, Jennah Markovitch, and Mason Rassega. Perfect Attendance at all Practices certificates were awarded to Steven Vasko, Sarah Murray, and Matt DunLany. Hammer Down awards were earned by David Giancola, Ali Kuras, Jennah Markovitch, and Mikel Flatley. The annual Michael J. Villano Scholarship Award went senior Kyle Kimerer. The plaque and scholarship award, selected by the coaches, goes to the senior swimmer or diver that "exemplifies Mike Villano's Love and Consideration for Others."

O'Halloran concluded the banquet by announcing his retirement as the head coach of the Spartan Swim and Dive Program. O'Halloran was hired by the school board as the only coach when the team was formed in 1985 and has continued as the head coach for 33 years. He stated that he would like to return next season in a limited role as a volunteer assistant coach.

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