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    Torok, Stipkovich pace Hornets at CVC Swim Meet



    Kirtland’s boys and girls swim teams showed vast improvement at the 2015 Chagrin Valley Conference Swim Meet at Hawken on Saturday. The girls finished ninth overall while the boys were 10th.

    “Everybody swam very well,” said Kirtland coach John Stipkovich. “Just about everybody had an improvement in at least one race, which was good to see. Typically, we don’t have good swims at that pool, so that was encouraging.”

    Senior Sydney Torok and sophomore Matt Stipkovich stood out for the Hornets.

    Torok finished 14th in the 100-yard Breaststroke and 16th in the 200-yard Individual Medley. She also teamed up with juniors Maddie Sohngen, Rachel Bramley and Bridget Stark to finish eighth in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and eighth in the 200-yard Medley Relay.

    “Sydney has always had a very strong meet in her 200 and her 100 breaststroke,” Coach Stipkovich said. “She dropped quite a bit of time in her 200 IM. That was an encouraging.

    “The girls’ relays did really well. They’ve been trying to drop time. It wasn’t the best time they’ve had this year but they were solid with the competition and they maintained their focus throughout.”

    Matt Stipkovich finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.

    “Matt had two very good swims,” Coach Stipkovich said. “He dropped time in both. It was just a little bit of time, not a lot, but that was encouraging. That’s the first time he swam against people that were really faster than he was, so that was an encouraging result.”

    Earlier this week the Hornets boys’ and girls’ teams split a tri-meet with Cuyahoga Heights and Bedford. Both teams defeated Cuyahoga Heights and came up short against the Bearcats.


    1. Gates Mills Hawken 361
    2. Pepper Pike Orange 212
    3. Chagrin Falls High School 190
    4. Kenston High School 188
    5. Perry High School 105
    6. Aurora High School 103
    7. Independence High School 84
    8. West Geauga High School 59
    9. Kirtland High School 20
    10. Cuyahoga Heights High School 10
    11. Beachwood High School 3

    1. Gates Mills Hawken 338
    2. Chagrin Falls High School 280
    3. Kenston High School 153
    4. Pepper Pike Orange 122
    5. Independence High School 96
    6. Aurora High School 95
    7. West Geauga High School 92.5
    8. Beachwood High School 83
    9. Perry High School 51
    10. Kirtland High School 18.5

    Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
    5 Stipkovich, Matt SO

    Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
    6 Stipkovich, Matt SO

    Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
    8 KIR 1) Sohngen, Maddie JR 2) Torok, Sydney SR 3) Bramley, Rachel JR 4) Stark, Bridget JR

    200 Yard Freestyle
    24 Bramley, Rachel JR

    Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
    5 Stipkovich, Matt SO

    Girls 200 Yard IM
    16 Torok, Sydney SR

    Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
    24 Stark, Bridget JR
    25 Sohngen, Maddie JR
    35 Umanzio, Nina FR

    Boys 50 Yard Freestyle
    32 Grisso, Scott JR
    33 Miller, Johnathan SO

    Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
    20 Stark, Bridget JR
    34 Umanzio, Nina FR

    Boys 100 Yard Freestyle
    26 Grisso, Scott JR

    Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
    8 KIR 1) Sohngen, Maddie JR 2) Bramley, Rachel JR 3) Torok, Sydney SR 4) Stark, Bridget JR

    Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
    20 Bramley, Rachel JR
    23 Sohngen, Maddie JR 

    20 Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
    6 Stipkovich, Matt SO

    Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
    14 Torok, Sydney SR

    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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