58 girl’s teams and over 60 boy’s teams competed at the OHSAA Division II State swim and dive meet in Canton recently.
The Wauseon Indians boys swam to an 11th place finish accumulating 52 points. The Indians girls finished 13th with 57 points one point better than Bryan’s 56 points good for 14th.
The top performance was turned in by Wauseon’s Sydney Darnell who swam to a fifth place finish in the 100 yd. Butterfly with a school record time of 57.22. Darnell returned to the pool to finish 12th in the 200 yd. IM in 2:09.51. She then joined Brooke Schuette, Alexys Carteaux and McKenzie Darnell to finish 5th in the 200 yd, Freestyle Relay in a school record 1:39.33. The race produced two more All-Ohioans in Carteaux and McKenzie Darnell. Each finish garnered Darnell All-Ohio honors for her efforts. Schuette joined her teammate as an All-Ohioan with her 12th place finish in the 500 yd. Freestyle in 5:10.24 and a 16th place finish in the 200 yd, Freestyle in 1:57.32.
The Bryan Golden Bears were represented by Meggie Voigt and Ashley Franks in the 50 yd. Freestyle. The two All-Ohioans finished 8th and 10th respectively with times of 24.52 and 24.58. Franks, making her fourth straight and final appearance at the meet, also took All-Ohio honors with a 14th place finish in the 100 yd. Freestyle in 53.03. The 200 yd. Freestyle relay joined Wauseon’s foursome with All-Ohio honors swimming to a fourth place finish in 1:39.15. The team included Izzy Rigg, Hannah Wynne, Voigt, and Franks.
In the boys meet, Wauseon’s Nick Dilworth finished seventh in the 500 yd. Freestyle with an All-Ohio time of 4:41.01. Teammate Austin Schuette was two places back in ninth with a time of 4:43.80 also good for All-Ohio honors. Dilworth also had a 10th place finish in the 200 yd. Freestyle in 1:44.66 for All-Ohio honors again. Dilworth then joined Schuette along with Brandon Arredondo and Ryan Scherer swimming to a ninth place finish in the 400 yd. Freestyle Relay in 3:15.18 as the foursome were awarded with All-Ohio honors.
In the Diving competition held earlier in the week. Three more NWOAL athletes were awarded All-Ohio honors for their efforts. Bryan’s Taylor Peters finished 12th while Wauseon’s Patience Bachman dove her way to a 13th place finish. In the boy’s competition, Wauseon’s Tony Schweinhagen finished in 11th spot.
Bill Bray may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org