Liberty sweeps County Classic at OWU lassic
News Staff Reports
A trio of Patriots set records as Liberty won both divisions of the seventh annual Delaware County Swimming and Diving Classic held Saturday afternoon at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center.
The Patriot girls won with 499 points while Olentangy finished second with 391 and Hayes smoothed out the top three with 350. Westerville Central (316), Orange (237), Big Walnut (145) and Village Academy (62) rounded out the scoring.
Liberty’s boys, meanwhile, won with a combined score of 429 — more than enough points to top second-place Westerville Central’s score of 399 and third-place Olentangy’s 349. Hayes finished fourth with 287 while Orange’s 199, Big Walnut’s 174 and Village Academy’s 125 wrapped up the scoring summary.
While the Patriots were productive in the pool, divers powered them as Olivia Ball set a meet and pool record in the girls’ diving event with a score of 296.70 and Cameron Thatcher set a meet record in the boys’ diving competition with a 288.05. Liberty also finished second in both events as Brittany Menninger and Alex Kowal nabbed runner-up honors in their respective divisions with efforts of 234.05 and 241.05.
The Liberty boys’ 200 medley relay team (Jack Saczawa, Tom Dawson, Matthew Lennon and Nicholas Tracewell) posted a record-setting showing, too, setting a meet and pool record en route to a first-place finish in its event, taking top honors in 1:45.17.
Plenty of other records dropped, too. The Olentangy girls’ 400 freestyle relay team — Ellie Nebraska, Erika Poling, Abbey Newman and Mara Nebraska — set a meet and pool record, winning their event in 3:44.81; Ellie Nebraska tied a meet record in the 200 freestyle after winning in 2:01.95; the Hayes girls’ 200 medley relay quartet of Regan DeWitt, Brittany Puthoff, Lindsey Norris and Samantha Curtin set a meet record of 1:52.68 in a winning effort; the Pacers’ Cameron Hackett set a pool record in the 500 freestyle after winning his signature event in 4:57.68; and Westerville Central broke a trio of marks while winning the boys’ 400 freestyle relay, the girls’ 100 freestyle and the boys’ 200 freestyle.
In the girls’ division, other local first-place finishes belonged to DeWitt, who won the 200 individual medley in 2:17.51 and 500 freestyle in 5:24.60; Ellie Nebraska, who won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.58; Mara Nebraska, who won the 200 breaststroke in 1:10.31; and the Olentangy 200 freestyle relay team of Newman, Maura Parker, Carly Wolfe and Ally Fomich, which picked up a win in 1:46.57.
As for the boys’ division, other local winners included Village Academy’s Reed McGraw, who won the 200 IM in 2:05.17 and 100 breaststroke in 1:03.78; and Olentangy’s Keanan Fomich, who won the 100 backstroke in :56.27.