Hudson swimmers and divers fare well at Ned Reeb Invitational

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The Hudson swimming and diving teams competed at the Ned Reeb Invitational Dec. 7 at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

The boys tied Solon for fourth place out of 44 teams with 199 points and the girls finished sixth out of 46 teams with 167 points.

Cincinnati St. Xavier easily won the boys' competition with 485 points and Toledo St. Francis DeSales took second with 227 points. Upper Arlington finished third (217).

The Upper Arlington girls took first with 488 points and Granville (273) and Walsh Jesuit (203) finished second and third, respectively.

The following Explorers and Lady Explorers placed in the top 10:

Boys

• 200-yard medley relay: Doni Moffa, Ross Palazzo, Brendon Mulcahey and Ryan Johnson, eighth, 1 minute, 41.03 seconds

• 200 freestyle: Palazzo, second, 1:42.91

• 50 freestyle: Mulcahey, eighth, 22.16

• Diving: Alex Obendorf, third, 477.95

• 100 butterfly: Palazzo, ninth, 55.6

• 200 freestyle relay: Palazzo, Cole Clampffer, Peyton Brown and Mulcahey, second, 1:27.55

• 400 freestyle relay: Clampffer, Brown, Johnson and Mulcahey, sixth, 3:19.84

Girls

• 200 freestyle: Stephanie Boyd, eighth, 2:00.31

• 200 individual medley: Paige Kelly, seventh, 2:12.91

• 500 freestyle: Kelly, fifth, 5:12.77; and Sarah Wolanske, eighth, 5:23.1

• 200 freestyle relay: Jillian Saccogna, Kelly, Macy Trattner and Caitlin Weigel, seventh, 1:40.8

• 400 freestyle relay: Saccogna, Boyd, Natalie Gundling and Kelly, eighth, 3:43.46

"I was very happy with how our kids came ready to perform in Columbus," Hudson head coach Matt Davis said. "The boys had five of the top six teams at last year's state meet there and for us to compete was awesome.

"Cole Clampffer had a rather impressive meet after winning the consolation heat in the 200 free and had lifetime-best splits in both of the relays. The girls had some strong swims across the board and the relays really stepped up at finals.

"Caitlin Weigel has continued to improve since the end of last season and I am really excited to see her continue to swim faster and faster as the season progresses.

"We only had two divers at the meet in Alex and Brittany, but they performed very well. Brittany set a PR [personal record of 351.05 points for 19th place] for her best 11-dive performance and we are expecting big things from her this year.

"This was the first time we competed at this meet and I thought it was very good for our kids to see this type of competition early in the season."

Both teams are scheduled to visit North Canton Hoover Dec. 13 at 4:45 p.m. They are set to compete at the Solon Relays Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.

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