ONTARIO — The high school swimming season began for the Galion Tigers on Tuesday when they traveled to Ontario High School to meet up with the Warriors in a dual meet. Both the boys team and the girls teams came back to Galion with victories over the Warriors.
Galion’s girls team won by a narrow margin of 49-44. The team of Brianna Wallis, Sari Conner, Allison DeNero and Elise Barnhart won both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relays over Ontario. The winning time for these ladies in the medley relay was 2:08.03 and 1:56.08 in the freestyle. Wallis also won the 50 yard freestyle event in a time of 28.12 and the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.54. Conner was victorious individually in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 2:17.73. DeNero took home first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:34.28 and in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:09.66.
The Tigers’ boys team dominated against the Warriors, winning by a final score of 71-23. The meet started out in winning fashion for the boys as the team of Caleb Stack, Sam Rigdon, Clay Karnes and Eli Skaggs won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:48.24. Stack also contributed an individual victory in the 100-yard backstroke event, finishing in 1:01.09. Rigdon was a two-time individual winner, finishing the 50 yard freestyle in 23.54 and the 100-yard freestyle in 52.92. Karnes also grabbed two victories. He won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.34 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:25.68. Skaggs won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.48 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.46.
Rigdon and Skaggs were joined by Landon Rose and Luke Eisnaugle to take first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing the race with a time of 1:36.27. Eisnaugle earned the Tigers another individual victory by winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.97. Stack, Karnes and Rose teamed up with Alec Dicus to take first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing in a time of 3:48.44.
“The meet proved to be an outstanding first meet of the season,” stated head coach Ted Temple in an email. “Most of the times posted were near last season’s best times or their personal best.” he continued.
Next up for the Tigers will be a small road trip to Colonel Crawford High School to meet up with the Eagles on Tuesday Dec. 6.
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