The Lady Tankers won their 9th straight AAC Conference Championship with an impressive TEAM performance.  “This is a great local conference with talented swimmers from all of the teams.   In order to have a chance to win this Championship meet, every athlete must contribute.  Some of our younger swimmers were asked to swim some difficult events and they answered the call.  Coaches Chelsea DeAngelo and Mark Brooks have worked very hard with our developmental group and these kids have become a pivotal part of our team strength,” mentioned Coach Cordon.

Off the blocks, the Spartans were led by seniors Madison Murphy and Lexxi Mihok.  Murphy, who was named AAC Swimmer of the Meet, broke a Boardman High School Team record, an AAC meet record, and the Warren G. Harding pool record in the 50 free with a time of 24.42.  Murphy also won the 100 Free with a time of 53.49.  Lexxi Mihok won the 200 Freestyle (2:01.00) and the 100 Back (1:00.42).  Murphy and Mihok, along with Petra Crnjak and Gina DiNapoli, also set a new AAC Meet mark in the 200 Medley Relay time of 1:50.74.

Single event winners and AAC First Team Awards for the Spartans include:  Gina DiNapoli in the 100 Butterfly (59.42).  Gina also nabbed 2nd in the 50 Free (26.12).   Aly Murray won the 500 Free (5:39.23) and placed 2nd in the 100 Back (1:02.22). Petra Crnjak won the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.02) and placed 3rd in the 100 Free (59.36).

The Spartan Tankers also nabbed 1st in the 200 Free Relay with DiNapoli, Crnjak, Lexxi Mihok, and Murphy with a time of 1:42.65.

Other Top 3 places include: 2nd place for Sam Murray in the 100 Free (58.50) and 3rd in the 200 Freestyle (2:09.62), 2nd place for Julia Basista in the 200 IM (2:28.14), 3rd place for Morgan Russo in the 200 IM (2:31.54), Abbi Mihok 3rd in the 50 Free (26.56) and 3rd in the 500 Free (5:51.26), Mazie Kauffman 2nd in the 1 meter diving (337.15) and Lily Warren 3rd in the 1 meter diving (227.50).

The Spartans are back in the water at YSU Beeghly Natatorium with a meet on Wednesday January 18th against Poland, Austintown, and Champion.

*Contributed by Chelsea DeAngelo at


WARREN OH- If you ask Champion senior Riley Robinette what she wants to do with her future, her vision is very clear. She wants to be a heart surgeon, and she has already but plenty of things in motion to accomplish those goals. It’s no coincidence that the girl that wants to help give people a better heartbeat, is a big reason Champion swimming has a heartbeat. It was her dedication to the sport, and desire to represent the purple and gold that drove the school to make a team. Last season, Riley was quite literally a one woman show. She was the only Champion swimmer, but she embraced the experience and proudly wore her school colors.  Seeing her success and passion has brought three new swimmers to the squad this season, meaning the Flashes have enough to put together a relay.  Riley continues to strive to build up the Champion program so more swimmers have the opportunity to do what she is doing now.

Riley is no slouch in the pool. She came to our attention by winning a MVAC athlete of the week award in the first week of the season. She broke personal records in both the 50m freestyle, and 100m freestyle.  Beating her personal best was one of the goals she set coming in, and it didn’t take her long to reach that. Now Riley sets new goals as she ventures on into her senior season.

Riley took the time to chat with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig to talk about her senior year, and the growth of this program. They also talk about what drove her into the pool, how special the opportunity is to represent her school, and much more. Check out the latest Champion Swimming Player Profile only on YSN.

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Boardman High School 1st 151
Howland High School 2nd 69
Poland Seminary High School 3rd 39

YOUNGSTOWN, OH- On a cold, blustery, winter night, the Spartans heated up the pool by defeating Howland and Poland at Beeghly Natatorium. “Our kids were a bit tired but they knew they would be racing two quality opponents. Poland and Howland both have many fast athletes and there were some very good races. Our depth paid off in the end,” mentioned Coach Cordon.

Double event winners for the Spartans include freshman Petra Crnjak in the 500 Free (6:14.18) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.35), junior Alexis Mihok in the 50 Free (25.99) and the 100 Free (56.85), and junior Madison Murphy in the 200 IM (2:17.02) and the 100 Backstroke (1:02.42).

The single event winner for the Spartans was freshman Gina DiNapoli in the 100 Butterfly (1:04.24).

The Spartans won the 200 Medley Relay (Madison Murphy, Petra Crnjak, Gina DiNapoli, and Alexis Mihok) in a time of 1:57.35 and the 400 Freestyle Relay (Madison Murphy, Abbi Mihok, Petra Crnjak, and Morgan Russo) in a time of 4:02.89.

The Spartans record now stands at 7-2 as they head into this Friday’s quad-meet at Beeghly Natatorium vs state powerhouses Akron Firestone, Solon, and Shaker Heights.


*Story contributed by Chelsea D’Angelo and


EAST PALESTINE OH- It’s Olympic season, and the sport of swimming never shines brighter than it does now. But the action isn’t just in Tokyo, locally swimmers are gearing up for the biggest meet of the summer with the Youngstown Swim League Championships on Saturday morning. 8 different swim clubs will be competing, and there will be 60 events throughout the day. The meet will highlight swimmers from all the age groups, and has plenty of competitive swimming to offer. YSN will be there live streaming the meet starting at 9:00 am. The stream can be found on Boardman’s channel, or the Live Games page.

Applewood Swim coach Carlo Cordon called in to YSN’s Running Point this week to give us a preview of what to expect on Saturday. Coach Cordon and his team took the mantle of hosting this meet last minute and did a wonderful job putting it all together in a short time window. He talks with Anthony Hartwig about some of the premiere swimmers competing in the meet, seeing swimming on the national stage in Tokyo, and much more. Dive in with us as we preview the Youngstown Swim League Championships with Carlo Cordon.






BOARDMAN, OH- The Boardman High School Boys Swim Team competed this past weekend at the Northeast Ohio District Championships held at Cleveland State.  Noah Basista qualified individually for the State Championships by earning an automatic bid by placing 2nd in the 100 Fly (50.06) and 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke (57.19). Matthew DunLany qualified individually for the State Championships by placing 4th in the 100 fly (51.37).

Other Individual swimmers that finished in the top 30 for Boardman include sophomore Carter Cailor in the 100 Backstroke and the 500 Freestyle, freshman Ethan DunLany in the 500 Freestyle, junior Siman Mascola in the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke, and freshman Caleb Satterfield in the 200 IM and
100 Breaststroke.


*Story contributed by Karen Rohan and