MANSFIELD – Colonel Crawford won five individual events and two relays Saturday during the Division II sectional meet at Malabar, leading to a second-place finish for the girls (354 points) and third place for the boys (251).
“It’s never a sure thing, but you plan for it, you train for it, and when it happens, it’s fun to watch,” CC coach Mike Holtzapfel said of his team’s success.
For the boys, Jake Johnson won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, while Grant Pfeifer topped the 200 and 500 freestyles.
“I didn’t really expect it at all,” Pfeifer said of winning his two events. “Being seeded third, I thought maybe I’d get second or something, but getting first is a pretty good accomplishment for me.”
February 14th 2015 Swimming: NW District Mansfield Sectionals at Malabar
The lone individual champ for CC’s girls was Chloe Grove, who took the 500 free, finishing in 5:36.03.
In relays, Holtzapfel’s girls team of Madison Sharp, Megan Lyons, Callie Ruffener and Grove took first in the 200 free, setting a new school and Malabar pool record in the event (1:43.64). The same group also topped the 400 free (3:48.95).
“I think what’s really fun to watch is when I’ve seen them in practice, they’re very focused,” Holtzapfel said of his entire squad. “You could tell a long time ago this season that they wanted to achieve a higher level.”
According to swimmeet.com, Colonel Crawford’s individual district qualifiers include Madison Sharp (girls 50 free), Ruffener (girls 100 free, backstroke), Sarah Campbell (girls 100 free, 200 IM), Grove (girls 500 free), Megan Sharp (girls 100 backstroke, butterfly), Lyons (girls 100 butterfly), Pfeifer (boys 200, 500 frees), Johnson (boys 100 breast, 200 IM), Jacob Roesch (boys 100 backstroke, butterfly) and Nic Motter (boys 200 IM).
Representing the Eagles in relays at districts will be the girls 200 medley team of Megan Sharp, Grove, Lyons and Madison Sharp; the girls 200 and 400 free team of Madison Sharp, Lyons, Ruffener and Grove; the boys 200 medley and 200 free team of Roesch, Ryan Johnson, Jake Johnson and Pfeifer; and the boys 400 free squad of Alex Hershey, Ken Fernandez, Austin Stevens and Motter.
Other Crawford County teams at the sectional meet were Galion, Wynford, Bucyrus and Crestline.
Sam DeNero was Galion’s only sectional champ, topping the boys 50 free with a time of 22:02. The Tiger boys finished in fourth with 231 points, and the girls came in fifth with 174 points.
District qualifiers for the Tigers are DeNero (boys 50, 100 frees), Chad Karnes (boys 100, 200 frees), Luke Eisnaugle (boys 500 free), Lucas Conner (boys 500 free), Sam Rigdon (boys 100 butterfly, 200 IM), Brianna Wallis (girls 100 free), Molly Barker (girls 500 free), Kennedy Gregg (girls 100 back) and Allison DeNero (girls 100 butterfly, 200 IM).
Relay teams to represent Galion at districts are the girls 200 medley squad of Gregg, Allison DeNero, Wallis and Barker; the boys 200 medley team of Karnes, Eisnaugle, Sam DeNero and Rigdon; and the boys 200 free team of Sam DeNero, Eisnaugle, Rigdon and Karnes.
Wynford’s boys finished ninth (41 points) at the meet, and its girls took 12th (35), while Crestline’s girls placed 10th with 47 points.
For Bucyrus, the girls were 11th (44), and the boys were 10th (27). The Redmen had one district qualifier — Austin Stevens — who will swim in the boys 100 butterfly and the 200 IM at districts.
Also at sectionals…
Lexington swept the sectional meet, getting 468 points from its girls and 433 from its boys.
Lady Lex had five individual gold medals at the meet and also took first in a relay. Among those who won was Ashley Basham, who snatched the girls 200 IM, the 100 butterfly and also was part of the 200 medley team that took gold.
Sammie Basinger (girls 200 free), Kelsi Brown (girls 100 backstroke) and Alaina Merkel (girls 100 breaststroke) were the other individual champs for Lexington at the meet. In relays, the 200 medley team of Brown, Merkel, Basham and Abbie Kaple finished first with a time of 1:55.17.
On the boys’ side, Lex had no individual champs at the meet but was bolstered by Evan Heth’s diving performance on Friday.
“He broke his own school record in an 11-dive set by 83 points and scored a 510,” Spurling said. “I don’t know the history of the area, as far as diving, but I have to believe that is the first time anyone’s ever broken 500 points in this area.”
Ontario’s boys, who came in second with 425 points, grabbed three individual golds and won all of their relay events — two of which were record-setting performances.
Andrew Jolly, Steven Toth, Kyle Cordrey and Jimmy Sheldon set a sectional record of 1:44.32 in their 200 medley relay, edging the old record of 1:44.41. Likewise, Tyler Watson, Jared Watson, Naz Tkachenko and Chad Wright marked a new sectional and pool record in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:21.80.
The other Ontario boys relay to win was the 200 free team of Tyler Watson, Sheldon, Tkachenko and Wright, who finished the event in 1:31.62.
Individually, the boys were led by Wright, who won two events (100 butterfly, backstroke), and Tkachenko, who grabbed one (100 free).
The Warrior girls came in third with a 227 but had no sectional champs.