University School graduated five of seven state podium finishers from last year’s Division II championship swim team, but there was blood in the water for the 2019-20 Prepper torpedoes on Tuesday evening in Pepper Pike.
The two-time defending state champs not only opened their dual meet season with a 150-25 victory under 20th-year head coach Brian Perry, but the Preppers broke five pool records at Orange High School’s seasoned natatorium.
University School senior Nicolas Tekieli, a double-podium state finisher last season, broke the 200-yard individual medley record in 1:56.85, which would have been good enough to podium at last year’s state meet.
Later during Tuesday’s dual, Tekieli rewrote the pool record during the 100 backstroke in 51.78 seconds, which also would have been good enough to podium at last year’s big dance.
During his junior season, Tekieli finished fourth in the state in both of those events – with a shave and taper – in 1:54.85 and 50.39 seconds, respectively.
Also a returning double-podium state finisher for US, senior Frank Applebaum broke the Orange pool record during the 100 butterfly in 50.98 seconds, which also would have been fast enough to podium at last year’s state meet.
During his junior season, Applebaum finished fourth in the state in the 100 butterfly in 49.69 seconds and seventh in the 200 individual medley in 1:56.13.
University also broke a pair of Orange pool records in relays.
In the 200 medley relay, backstroker Tekieli, 24.09 seconds, senior breaststroker Colin Savage, 29.14 seconds, butterflier Applebaum, 23.34 seconds, and senior freestyler Prajwal Guruprasad, 22.19 seconds, clocked a 1:38.76.
And in the 400 freestyle relay, University’s all-senior quartet of Tekieli, 49.30 seconds, Jack O’Brien, 51.32 seconds, Carter Faulkner, 49.79 seconds, and Applebaum, 48.14 seconds, clocked a 3:18.55.
While those five marks no doubt will turn some heads for a season opener, the Preppers will have some work to do if they want to give some of their own pool marks a go this dual season at Weatherhead Natatorium in Hunting Valley.
The Preppers’ pool records in those events are as follows: 200 medley relay, 1:36.96; 200 individual medley, 1:53.73; 100 butterfly, 50.67 seconds; 100 backstroke, 50.85 seconds; and 400 freestyle relay, 3:12.79.
Overall, University swept every event against a rebuilding Orange boys program on Tuesday night.
In the 200 freestyle, Faulkner clocked a 1:51.62 to edge out Applebaum by 0.01 second, while sophomore teammate Spencer Ernst clocked a 1:58.18 for third.
In the 50 freestyle, Savage clocked a triumphant 22.18 seconds, while Guruprasad was runner-up in 23.79 seconds.
On the 1-meter springboard, University freshman Cam Bizjak took care of business with a six-dive score of 169.04 points, while US sophomore Arik Kantorovich was runner-up with 140.46 points and Orange sophomore Ferhat Gungor was third with 136.27 points.
In the 100 freestyle, Faulkner took first in 50.18 seconds to defeat teammates Savage, 50.35 seconds, and Guruprasad, 53.80 seconds.
University’s O’Brien won the 500 freestyle in 5:15.18, while teammate Tyler Farkas was runner-up in 5:18.30.
In the 100 breaststroke, the Preppers went one-two-three with Karl Wagner, 1:12.71, Ernst, 1:12.85, and Ian Sullivan, 1:13.39.
And in the 200 freestyle relay, University’s quartet of Savage, 22.45 seconds, Guruprasad, 22.44 seconds, Faulkner, 22.85 seconds, and O’Brien, 23.20 seconds, clocked a triumphant 1:30.94.
In the girls competition, meanwhile, Orange defended its home pool against Laurel School with the Lady Lions earning a 90-70 victory under first-year head coach Andrea Radel.
Behind double-event winner Kate Halloran, the Orange girls captured four of the eight individual events and two of the three relays.
Halloran, a sophomore, won the 200 freestyle in 2:07.09 and took care of business in the 500 freestyle in 5:31.79, besting Laurel’s Victoria Hagen in both races.
Orange sophomore Lily Klinginsmith, meanwhile, won the 100 butterfly in 1:02.89, besting Laurel senior Linzy Malcolm’s runner-up finish in 1:09.37. Earlier in the meet, Klinginsmith was runner-up in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.40, while Laurel’s Bellea Barragate won the race in 2:17.31.
And Orange junior Katie Hollington won the 100 backstroke in 1:05.58 to edge out Barragate by 0.05 second. Earlier in the meet, Hollington clocked 28.04 seconds in the 50 freestyle to finish runner-up to Laurel senior Linzy Malcolm, 27.13 seconds.
Also turning in top performances for the Lady Lions, junior Anna Klinginsmith finished runner-up in the 100 freestyle in 1:00.56 and sophomore Katherine Hamilton was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.33. Laurel’s Kali McLlin won both races in 59.85 seconds and 1:14.05, respectively.
In the 200 medley relay, Orange’s quartet of backstroker Hollington, 30.40 seconds, breaststroker Halloran, 34.65 seconds, the younger Klinginsmith at butterfly, 27.64 seconds, and the elder Klinginsmith at freestyle, 26.71 seconds, clocked a triumphant 1:59.40 to best Laurel by 3.48 seconds.
And in the 200 freestyle relay, Orange’s quartet of freshman Sydney Golovan, 29.97 seconds, the elder Klinginsmith, 27.95 seconds, Hamilton, 30.03 seconds, and sophomore Pannonica Silvestri, 30.91 seconds, clocked a triumphant 1:58.86 to best Laurel by 9.88 seconds.
Up next, University School will take on Gilmour Academy at 5 p.m. Thursday at Hathaway Brown, while Orange travels to Mayfield at 3 p.m. Saturday.