Sarah Turchanik finished off here senior season in the pool for North Royalton in fine fashion. At the Division One State Swim Meet in Canton, Sarah finished in 9th in the 100-yard Butterfly and 5th in the 100-yard Backstroke, scoring 23 points for the Lady Bears, which allowed North Royalton to finish 25th in the Division One Girls portion of the State Meet.
While getting to the State Meet is quite an accomplishment, Sarah showed off her swimming talents along the way.
In the District Swim Meet, Sarah was a double-winner, capturing first-place in the 100-yard Butterfly and the 100-yard Backstroke. Sarah set new school records with those victories. In the District record book, Sarah’s times set new records. The old record in the Butterfly was established in 2005. The Backstroke record was set in 1996.
And to top off her senior year, Sarah signed a National Letter of Intent to swim next year at The Ohio State University.
Things don’t get much better than that for a High School Senior.
Sarah admitted that she shed a tear or two when she got the call from the Buckeyes. “It was always my dream to go to Ohio State, whether I was going to swim or not. When I got a text from an assistant coach at Ohio State saying they wanted to talk to me about the recruiting process, I couldn’t believe it. Then, I texted just about everyone I knew with the news.” Sarah was interested in three other colleges, but, when OSU called, the recruiting was over.
The first time Sarah jumped in the pool in a race was when she was 11. “I swam on a summer league team when I was five. I just swam in the summers every year. I started swimming competitively when I was older. When I was 12, I started to excel. I started qualifying for all these bigger meets. Then I thought that I could actually do this.”
Throughout all the swim meets that Sarah has been in, her family has been by her side. “My parents have been there every step of the way. They’ve helped me through everything. My brother lives in Canton and he comes to every weekend meet that he can. It’s awesome.”
Besides her events, Sarah really enjoyed swimming in the relay races with her teammates. “I loved the relays because they are so much fun. When it’s a tight race, we’re just screaming for each other. It’s the most fun part of the meet.”
North Royalton Head Swimming Coach, Mike Milliken, said “I’ve been impressed with Sarah’s maturity level this year. She understands what it takes to swim well at the end of the season. Sarah has more confidence that she had in the past.”
While she just missed in the 100-yard Butterfly, Sarah attained her goal in the 100-yard Backstroke.
By Joe Jastrzemski
Contributing Writer for Royalton Records
Printed on March 7th, 2019