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Local Tigershark swimmers excel on national level

UPublish story by Cheryl Fuller

(From left) Giovanna Cappabiana, Natalie Rohweder and Kaden Smesko represented the Tigersharks swim team at the recent National Age-group Swimming Association Showcase Classic in Florida.

A trio of Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront YMCA Tigersharks placed among the top swimmers in their age groups during a recent national competition.

Giovanna Cappabianca, 11, of Stow, finished third overall among 68 11-year-old girls competing at the National Age-group Swimming Association (NASA) Showcase Classic April 3 through 6 in Clearwater, Fla.

Cappabianca was joined at the NASA Showcase Classic by teammates Kaden Smesko, 11, of Green, who had four top-10 finishes; and Natalie Rohweder, 14, of Green, who finished 11th in three of her races.

Swimmers had to achieve national qualifying times to compete at the annual event, which drew more than 530 athletes from across the country.

Cappabianca set new meet records while placing first in five events: the 50-yard breaststroke (31.99), 100 breaststroke (1:08.74), 200 breaststroke (2:27.85), 100 individual medley (1:02.38) and 200 IM (2:13.28). She also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 4.37 seconds.

Smesko had a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 50 backstroke (30.09) and 200 backstroke (2:18.13), along with a seventh-place showing in the 100 backstroke (1:05.40) and eighth place in the 50 butterfly (29.76).

Rohweder excelled in the breaststroke by finishing 11th in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard events.

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