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Brunswick's Felicia Pasadyn bounces back from illness to defend district titles

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BOWLING GREEN — Everyone could hear it in her voice. Felicia Pasadyn was revved.

The Brunswick High senior was right back to her “A” game, as she bounced back well from the flu. It showed in her performances.

Pasadyn successfully defended her Northwest Division I District titles in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 back Saturday at Bowling Green State University.

Pasadyn won the 100 back in a meet-record 54.47, breaking the 54.95 set in 2014 by Toledo St. Ursula’s Zhada Fields. Earlier, Pasadyn defended her district title for the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.93.

“It all feels amazing,” Pasadyn said. “Last week was very rough being right in the middle of that influenza bug. I feel so much better now, and I’m very excited to get even more healthy for the state meet. My fever went away and my cough is slowly going away. Just in general, I feel a lot more energetic than when I had the flu.”

Pasadyn’s meet record for the 100 back gave her a nice shot in the arm heading into state.

“That record really helps my confidence a lot,” said Pasadyn. “You can understand it’s hard confidence-wise having the flu senior year for sectionals. That (record) really helps me for next week.”

Pasadyn is defending state champ for the 100 back and was third in the 200 IM.

“I was happy with the IM,” Pasadyn said. “I took it our very fast which is expected because of the atmosphere here.

It hurt a little bit the second 100, but I also haven’t been doing as much training as usual, so I’m hoping next week to bring it back.”

Pasadyn is the No. 2 seed at state for both events. She is behind Kings senior Brynna Wolfe in the 200 IM (2:01.91) and Mason sophomore Reese Lugbill in the 100 back (54.18).

Pasadyn will bring teammates for the 200 medley and 400 free relays as both broke Medina County records. The 200 medley relay was third in 1:48.41 and the 400 free relay was fourth (3:34.49). The 200 medley is seeded No. 20 at state and the 400 free No. 22.

Senior Erika Eyssen, freshman Jordan Truelsch and junior Lily Kijek teamed with Pasadyn for the 200 medley. Truelsch, Kijek and sophomore Lexi Wallace teamed with her for the 400 free.

The Brunswick girls were fifth out of 26 scoring teams with 184 points. Wadsworth was 13th with 74.5. Fremont Ross (266) and Rocky River (256) took the top two spots.

Wadsworth junior Elyse Waldow earned her second straight ticket to state in the 100 breast with a third-place, personal-record 1:04.36. She finished behind Fremont Ross junior Alexis Prenzlin’s district-record 1:03.11 and Strongsville sophomore Jordyn Homoki (1:03.31).

Waldow is seeded No. 10 at state. She was 18th at state last year.

“They (Prenzlin and Homoki) were just so fast. I’m happy with how I did,” Waldow said. “The turns felt good, my technique felt good. I just had to keep reminding myself how much I want it. I went last year, and I wanted to go again this year. In the last few moments leading up to the start, I honestly just felt very happy. I calmed down my nerves, and I was just happy to be here.”

The Medina boys finished third with 149 points behind defending champ Toledo St. Francis DeSales. DeSales won the title for the 53rd time in 54 years as it outdistanced St. Ignatius 486.5-396.

The Bees scored well with all three relays, but only the third-place 200 free relay of Colin McClowry, Dominick Bottoni, Brian Cuppett and Owen Chaye (1:27.43) qualified at-large. The Medina 200 free relay is seeded No. 21.

“It’s not about me,” Chaye said. “I trust all my teammates in all the relays. I wouldn’t be here without them.”

The 400 free relay of Chaye, McClowry and Austin Olsavsky was third in school-record time of 3:13.07, breaking the 3:14.22 from 2016-17. The 200 medley relay of McClowry, Bottini, Cuppett and Chaye was fourth (1:39.11).

“We’ve worked our butts off the entire season,” Olsavsky said. “It definitely showed today.”

Chaye was also sixth in the 50 free (21.60) but didn’t make the at-large cut-off.

It was a tough day for Wadsworth senior Hannah Berlin, who finished third in the 500 free (5:13.51) and didn’t make the at-large cut-off.

“It was bad,” Berlin said. “I went faster sophomore year. I was a bit tired and I wasn’t kicking.”

At the Northeast D-I District, Medina resident Madelyn Draiss of Walsh Jesuit qualified in the 200 IM with a 2:12.20. She also was eighth on the 200 medley relay (1:53.90) and in the 100 fly (58.42) and 15th with the 400 free relay (3:47.94). Fellow Medina resident Sarah Salek was 39th in the 500 free (5:49.89).

At the Cleveland State D-II District, Cooper Flora was 16th in the 200 IM (2:10.39) and 22nd in the 100 fly (58.46), while Josh Leatherman was 19th in the 100 back (1:01.11). Lauren Slife was 25th in the 100 fly (1:07.09) and 28th in the 200 free (2:10.85).

Contact Paul Heyse at (440) 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.


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