Galion swimmers kickoff season with a split

By Chad Clinger -

GALION — Swimming is back as the Galion Tigers swim team welcomed the Ontario Warriors to the Galion YMCA on Tuesday, November 28 to compete in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference action.

On the afternoon, the Tigers would earn a split with the visiting Warriors as the Galion boys were victorious; 73-21. The Lady Tigers fell to the Lady Warriors; 26-68. With that victory, the boys have now won 21 consecutive dual meets.

The Galion boys squad would start off their day with a victory by the 200-yard medley relay team of Caleb Strack, Luke Eisnaugle, Clay Karnes and Sam Rigdon. The Tigers foursome swam their way to victory in 1:49.34. Strack, Rigdon and Karnes were joined by Ben Alstadt in their victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.35). Galion would make it a clean sweep in the boys relay events with the group of Weston Rose, Alec Dicus, Alstadt and Eisnaugle claiming the vicotry in the 400-free relay with a time of 3:45.09.

Other relay results on the boys side were: Wyatt Enders, Braxton Tate, Chris Amick and Isaac Niedermier- 3rd in the 200-medley; Dicus, Niedermier, Tate and Rose- 2nd in the 200-free; Niedermier, Amick, Enders and Tate- 3rd in the 400-free.

In the individual events, Sam Rigdon was a double winner on the day for head coach Ted Temple’s Galion squad. Rigdon was the top finisher in the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.63) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.65).

Karnes, Strack, Dicus and Eisnaugle would also prevail in their respective individual events.

Karnes won the 200-free with a time of 2:01.09 and Strack earned first in the 100-free in a time of 54.87. Dicus finished the 500-free in a time of 5:21.43 to pick up the win and Eisnaugle took first in the 100-breaststroke (1:12.56).

Other placements on the day for Galion were: Rose- 200-free, 2nd and 100-free, 2nd; Eisnaugle- 200-IM, 2nd; Alstadt- 50-free, 2nd and 100-backstroke, 3rd; Niedermier- 50-free, 3rd; Dicus- 100-fly, 2nd; Karnes- 500-free, 2nd; Strack- 100-back, 2nd and Tate- 100-breast, 2nd.

The Galion Lady Tigers would win just one event for the meet against a tough Ontario squad. Allison DeNero swam the 200-IM in a time of 2:34.73 to capture the victory for the hosting Galion girls.

To go along with DeNero’s individual win, she was joined by teammates Ashleigh Wright, Sari Conner and Elise Barnhart in the runner-up foursome in the opening event, the 200-medley relay. DeNero, Barnhart and Conner would then be joined by Danielle Schneider in the 400-free relay to earn second.

Conner, DeNero and Schneider would also go on to runner-up finishes in their respective individual events on the afternoon.

Conner netted a pair of second place finishes in the 200-free and the 100-breast. DeNero earned second in the 100-fly and Schneider was the runner-up in the 500-free. Other placements for the Lady Tigers against Ontario were: 200-free relay of Wright, Harmony Lohr, Katlyn Kuehlman and Allison Bauer, 4th; 400-free relay of Schneider, Kuehlman, Lohr and Wright, 3rd; Barnhart- 3rd in the 50-free and 100-free; Kuehlman- 4th, 200-free; Lohr- 4th in the 100-free and 100-back; Wright- 3rd, 100-back; Schneider- 4th, 50-free and Bauer- 4th, 500-free.

The Tigers will head to Friendly House to meet up with the Lexington swimmers on Thursday, November 30 before they host the Colonel Crawford Eagles next Wednesday, December 6.

By Chad Clinger

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