Last year, Geneva swept the all-county swim meet.
This year, it was Lakeside’s turn.
The Dragons narrowly overtook the Eagle to reclaim both the boys and girls championship at the meet held Saturday at Spire.
Could this the beginning of what’s becoming a heated rivalry between the two biggest schools in Ashtabula County?
Instead, the Lakeside and Geneva coaches both say they just enjoy seeing the strong performances from their own swimmers and the other county teams.
“I don’t know if it’s a rivalry,” Dragons coach Maureen Surbella said. “We just want to swim the best we can against whoever we swim against.”
Lakeside’s girls team took first place overall with 567 points, compared to Geneva’s 547. On the boys side, the Dragons edged the Eagles 594-590.
“I think it’s great,” Eagles first-year coach Julie Mirabell said of the tight competition. “I love to see the titles going back and forth. I think it inspires the kids to push themselves and work harder for next year. I love the competition and the close meets we have with them.”
Ahena Pantoja led the girls squad for Lakeside by winning the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. She was also part of two relay teams which claimed first place.
Having missed her sophomore year to injury, Surbella is happy to have Pantoja back in her lineup, especially in meets such as the all-county where she can plug her in at various spots and get results.
“Athena obviously compliments our lineup beautifully,” Surbella said. “She’s able to swim the tough events so that provides more depth for our other swimmers and she alwasy excels wherever we put her.”
Lakeside also received first-place finish from Lily Simon in both the 200 (2:22.09) and 500 (6:24.21) freestyle events.
The Eagles team of Gretchen Wimbs, Nia Gribbons, Maddie Fourtney and Angelina Brown captured the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 4:22.43.
Brown and Alyssa Hanna were first and second, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke in times of 1:16.76 and 1:27.29.
Although it finished second, Geneva saw seven school records fall during the meet.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the performances we had (yesterday),” Mirabell said. “Nearly every swimmer had a personal best. Everyone did exactly what we needed to do so I couldn’t be happier with how everyone did.”
Jefferson finished third with 304 and 349 points.
Falcons freshman Izzy Haneck took the 50 freestyle in 26.64. She also won as the 100 backstroke in 1:06.13.
The Warriors, who were fourth with 340 points, were paced by Eve Brunnell. She won the 100 freestyle in 1:01.11. Also for Edgewood, Brooke Caruso took 12 seconds off of her 500 freestyle to finish in 6:39.55 for second.
Pymatuning Valley and Conneaut rounded out the team scoring with 280 amd 185 points, respectively.
Leah Vendetti was second for the Spartans in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:19.09
On the boys side, despite of taking second, Geneva took first in more events with six.
The 200 medley relay team of Matthew Korver, Nathan Allen, Justin Hannah and Johna Sundquist posted a time of 1:58.45 and the 400 freestyle team of Hanna, Dillen Covell, Andrew Ferritto and Sundquist swam a 3:52.16.
Other firsts collected were by Hanna in the 200 free (2:10.70) and 100 butterfly (1:0756); Sundquist 500 freestyle in 5:23.23 and and Allen took 100 breaststroke in 1:12.89.
Lakeside’s 200 freestyle relay of Daniel Garcia, Joseph Wilfong, Cody Jenkins and Gabe Schlosser grabbed first place in 1:42.42. Wilfong also won the 50 freestyle in 25.47.
Jefferson placed third with 304 points, followed by PV at 186.
For the Lakers, Andrew Ostavitz finished second in the 50 free in 25.60
Reigning swimmer of the year, Ethan Morrison won the 200 individual medley (2:13.1) and the 100 freestyle (54.16) for the Spartans.