ANDERSON TWP. – Entering the postseason, Anderson swimming head coach Ed Bachman said, “sectionals are a dangerous place.”
His point was swimmers can’t be really sharp for races because it interrupts the taper process and that it’s just another meet to get through. This week though, the thinking will change as district swimmers race for a spot in the state meet.
The top two individuals/relays in each event and the top seven and eight divers in Division I and II, respectively, automatically qualify for the state tournament in Canton. Sixteen at-large swimmers will also be chosen based on times from across Ohio.
Redskin swimmers Patrick Johnson, Hassler Carroll, Nicholas Haller, Evan Schlosser, the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and 200 medley relay qualified for the district meet. Divers Evan Leupen and Jonnyz Harm also qualified for districts.
Aside from Carroll, who is looking to defend his state title in the 500 freestyle, Bachman said he has been impressed with the enthusiasm of Haller.
“I don’t think I have ever seen him in a bad mood,” Bachman said. “Sometimes, I have to calm him down.”
Julia Baldasare, Megan Forsthoefel, Marissa Martin, Andrea Lupariello, Madison Forsthoefel and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays qualified for districts from the Anderson girls. The 200 medley relay team will be an alternate.
Diver Jennifer Dunn also qualified for districts.
Bachman highlighted the exploits of Megan Forsthoefel, who has a preexisting back condition that she’s dealt with all four years.
It keeps her away from doing certain events because of the stress they can put on the lower back and it also keeps her from doing certain dry land exercises.
But, her coach said she has handled her career with aplomb.
“It seems like every year I have a kid or two that inspires me and she’s one of those kids,” Bachman said. “I hope she finishes the season the way she deserves to finish it.”
The Redskins will be joined in the district meet by several Turpin swimmers as well.
Cole Dehlinger, Matthew Wilson, Kyle Grebert, Jonathan Ericksen, Liam Grebert, Zach Thornton, Mac Dulle, Pete Lingo, Sean Tanaka (alternate), the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay will represent the Spartan boys.
For the girls it will be: Taylor Contino, Hannah Winner, Annie Concannon, Lexie Hardewig, Allison Kapostasy, Jessica Rupp, Audrey Mooney, the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay.
Rory Blankenship and Lily Malone qualified for diving districts.
“We have a strong team this year and both groups have the potential to shine at districts,” said Rene Contino, Turpin swimming coach and mother to Taylor.
McNicholas will be represented by Nick Rosenbaum, diver Salvatore Marino, Skye Lewis, Natalie Martinez, Shelby Miller, the girls’ 400 freestyle relay and the girls’ 200 medley relay.