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Robb breaks record

CANTON –West Branch senior Jamyson Robb swims her best when it means the most.

Robb broke her own Division II state record in the 100-yard breaststroke in posting the top time in Thursday’s state preliminaries at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Her time of 1 minute, 1.27 seconds bettered her state championship time from last season by 11 hundredths of a second.

The top eight in each event from Thursday’s preliminaries will compete for podium spots tonight. The next eight will compete in the consolation finals.

Crestview junior Rachel Klem has qualified for the 100 breaststroke consolation finals.

Klem posted the 15th-fastest time of 1:06.44 Thursday. She finished 19th as a freshman.

Robb also advanced in the 200 individual medley with the third-fastest time o 2:05.20.

The finals in that event will feature six of the top seven finishers from last year plus Robb, who was ninth.

Sophomore Jessica Eden — who was third last year — is one of four Gates Mills Hawken swimmers going for the state title and has the top time of 2:00.90, more than 3 seconds better than the rest of the field.

But all eyes will be on the 100 breaststroke final as Robb goes for a second straight state title.

She has the best time by more than 1.3 seconds going into tonight’s state final.

St. Clairsville sophomore Casadie DiBetta, last year’s state runner-up, has the second-best time in 1:02.61.

Hawken junior Sydney Bare is third fastest at 1:03.39 after finishing third last year.

Also looming is Baltimore Liberty Union senior Logan Lawhorn — the 2017 and 2018 state champion — with the seventh-fastest time in 1:054.58.

State swimming actions resumes at 9 a.m. today with the Division I preliminaries.

The Division II state finals will get under way at Canton McKinley High School at 5 p.m. today.

Lisbon to play early

LISBON–The Jackson Milton at Lisbon Div. IV girls basketball sectional final will tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday. No passes are accepted for the OHSAA tournament games. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students at the gate.

Dan Radakovich dies at 84

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has died. Radakovich was 84.

Robert Morris University, where Radakovich served two stints as an assistant coach between 1994 and 2007, announced Radakovich’s death on Thursday. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Known as “Bad Rad,” Radakovich — a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Duquesne — played both center and linebacker for the Nittany Lions, moving immediately into coaching following his graduation. He stayed at his alma mater through 1969, helping the school earn its national reputation as “Linebacker U.”

He spent the majority of his career bouncing back and forth between coaching jobs in college and the NFL. He spent a season with the Steelers in 1971 as a defensive line coach, made a brief stop at the University of Colorado before returning to Pittsburgh in 1974. The Steelers won the first two of their four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s with Radakovich leading a linebacker group that included Hall of Famers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert.

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