Galion wins boys, team titles at swimming invitational

MARION — On Saturday, Galion’s swim teams were at the Marion YMCA for the Mount Gilead Division II Invitational, which included 11 teams from across the state.

Galion’s boys team won the meet, scoring 484 points while winning all but two events. The Tigers’ girls squad finished in 4th with 266 points. Upper Sandusky won with 365 points. Galion also won combined team bragging rights with 749 points.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Caleb Strack, Sam Rigdon, Clay Karnes and Eli Skaggs won in 1:49.42. The girls squad of Bri Wallis, Sari Conner, Allison DeNero and Elise Barnhartwas 4th in 2:09.30. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the boys team of Rigdon, Landon Rose, Karnes and Skaggs won in 1:36.97. Wallis, Conner, Barnhart and DeNe. It was won by the boys team of L. Rose, Weston Rose, Lucas Conner and Strack, in 3:41.28. The girls team of Ashleigh Wright, Bri Streib, Danielle Schneider and Alexis Link was fifth in 4:58.89.

The 50-yard freestyl was won by Skaggs (22.89) while Wallis placed 7th for the girls (28.50). In the 100-yard freestyle, Skaggs won (49.78) and Conner grabbed 5th for the girls (1:02.15). Conner would take home 3rd in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:22.14 while Karnes won the boys race in 2:00.68. The final freestyle race, the 500-yard freestyle, ended with victories for both Galion squads. Wallis won for the girls in 6:04.97 and Karnes finished in 5:20.00 for the win.

DeNero also won the 200-yard individual medley race in 2:31.77 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.60. Rigdon won the boys in the 200-yard IM race (2:14.14) and was second in the 100-yard fly (59.74).

Wright was 8thin the girls 100-yard backstroke in 1:18.98 while Strack won the boys race in 1:00.02. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Link was 16th (1:31.52) for the girls and Luke Eisnaugle took second for the boys (1:11.15).

Galion’s swimmers will be busy this week, hosting Wynford on Tuesday Jan. 10 and Willard on Thursday Jan. 12.

By Chad Clinger

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