Saturday, June 15

    Kirtland’s Claire Dumstorff wins two CVC titles

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    Kirtland’s Claire Dumstorff won two individual events and finished third in a pair of relays at the 2023 Chagrin Valley Conference Swimming Championships on Saturday at Beachwood High School.

    Dumstorff won CVC titles in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard freestyle.

    “Overall, I was very satisfied with my performance at the meet,” Dumstorff said. “I dropped some time in my individual events, and each of our relays did well.”

    Dumstorff set a lifetime personal record in winning the 100 freestyle in 1:00.33 and she posted a season PR of 1:16.27 in the 100 breaststroke.

    She teamed up with Carmela Kovach, Giorgi Mei, and Sophia Shepard to place third in the 200-yard medley relay, and that same group finished third in the 200 freestyle relay in 2:02.62.

    “I think my best event was the 100-yard breaststroke because I felt the strongest while swimming, and I dropped the most time out of each of my events,” she said.”

    With the CVC championships behind her, Dumstorff is focused on the upcoming postseason.

    “I’m feeling pretty confident where I am right now heading into districts,” she said. “I think I am in a good place with my times and my strokes overall. I am going to keep working hard at practice to be fully prepared for districts.”

    Kirtland’s other top eight finishers at the CVC championships included Elliot Hostelley (7th, 200 freestyle, 2:20.14; 8th, 100 backstroke, 1:13.29), Walter Knoop (8th, 50 freestyle, :26.20; 6th, 100 freestyle, :58.76), Carmela Kovach (7th, 100 backstroke, 1:21.42), Sophia Shepard (5th, 100 freestyle, 1:06.07; 4th 100 breaststroke, 1:26.23), and Nina Vujica (8th, 50 freestyle, :30.97).


    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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