Veteran Seahorses squad looks to again contend for N-O League title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 November 2021 at 7:13 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Issac Pace, left, and Michael Marker , who scored wins at last season’s All-League meet, will lead Medina into the upcoming Niagara-Orleans boys swim season.

During last season’s most unusual Niagara-Orleans League swim campaign of “virtual” meets caused by Covid-19 restrictions, the Medina boys squad posted its best record in over 15 years as the Seahorses went 8-2 finishing in the runner-up spot behind undefeated (10-0) champion Roy-Hart.

Looking to keep the momentum, the Seahorses return a strong nucleus led by seniors Issac Pace, who won both the 50 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke in the All-League meet competition, and Michael Marker, who won the 100 Butterfly and placed 4th in the 100 Backstroke.

The Seahorses other veterans include seniors Ben Griffin (4th in 100 Free and 200 Free), Jaxon Phillips (5th 200 Free and 6th Backstroke), Xander Payne (5th in 50 Free and 100 Free) and Cole Seefeldt (6th Breaststroke) along with juniors Mason Moreland (Individual Medley), Austin Tompkins (Butterfly, Breaststroke), Bryson Costich (Butterfly), Jackson Moreland (Backstroke) and sophomore Caiden Class (6th 500 Free).

“We’ve got a good group back so we’re hoping to contend,” said Coach Aaron Moessinger.

The Seahorses will prep for the December 14 N-O opener at Akron by hosting HAC on Dec. 2 (4:30 p.m.) and visiting Byron-Bergen on Dec. 7.

The accent is on youth for Medina girls squad

A quartet of veterans anchors the lineup for the Medina girls squad’s otherwise youthful lineup

Junior Maddy Satkowski, who placed 4th in both the 100 Free and 200 Free at last season’s All-League meet competition, heads that quartet which also includes senior Kaylee Lacey (500 Free), sophomore Madisynn Stanton (Backstroke) and freshman Sophia Goyette (100 Free).

“We’re very young so it will be a growing year for us,” said Coach Taylor Schaal.

The Seahorses key losses from last season’s 6-4 team include Brooklyn Brown (2nd Butterfly and 3rd IM), Amanda Woodruff (3rd 50 Free and 5th 100 Free), Corinne Hill (5th 500 Free) and Gracie Cogovan (5th Breaststroke).