MANSFIELD — Saturday was a busy day for Galion’s swimming Tigers as they took part in the sectional swim meet at Malabar Middle School.
Several members of the team qualified for this week’s district meet at Bowling Green State University. The Tigers’s boys team also brought home the team title.
Colonel Crawford’s swim teams also were at Malabar, and several members of the Eagles also will be swimming at Bowling Green, starting Friday.
“This is one of the best sectional meets the Galion teams have experienced. Fifteen swimmers qualified and of the fifty-four swims, thirty-four of them were season best times. After a week of injury and sickness, the Tigers’ teams came through,” said Galion head coach Ted Temple.
Galion’s boys team won the title, but also will send 11 swimmers to Bowling Green to compete in individual events, as well as all three relay teams.
Eli Skaggs won the 50-yard freestyle (22.50) and finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (49.61) to move on in the postseason. Sam Rigdon will be joining Skaggs in these two events after earning fourth in the 50-free (23.14) and fourth in the 100-free (51.76). Caleb Strack also qualified for districts in the 50-free with a ninth place finish (24.00) and will also swim in the 100-yard backstroke after finishing third overall (59.28). Ben Alstadt is the fourth Galion teammate to qualify for districts in the 50-free (24.29) and will also swim in the 100-back after finishing seventh (1:02.71). Landon and Weston Rose both qualified in the 100-free and 200-yard freestyle events. L.Rose picked up eighth in the 100-free (53.20) and W.Rose, 11th (54.38). In the 200-free event, L.Rose finished fifth (1:58.21) and W.Rose sixth (2:01.82). Clay Karnes will join Landon and Weston in the 200-free after finishing fourth (1:56.87) and will also swim in the 500-yard freestyle after he won the event with a time of 5:11.36. Lucas Connor, Braxton Tate and Alec Dicus will join Karnes at districts in the 500-free. Connor finished fifth on Saturday (5:37.07), Tate finished eighth (5:41.80) and Dicus finished second behind Karnes in 5:13.50. Dicus also qualified to swim at BGSU in the 100-yard butterfly by finishing third overall with a time of 1:02.36. Luke Eisnaugle is the final individual districts qualifier for the Galion Tigers. Eisnaugle will be swimming in the 100-yard breaststroke after finishing sixth overall (1:11.27) and in the 200-yard individual medley after taking home a fourth place finish in a time of 2:18.33.
Galion’s boys were the champions of the 200-yard medley relay, earning the victory with a time of 1:44.34. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Galion took second place (1:34.20). The final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, saw Galion moving on to BGSU by finishing fourth overall with a time of 3:37.75.
The girls squad for Galion had their share of success on Saturday afternoon as well. The Lady Tigers’ swim team will be sending two individual swimmers and two relay teams on to districts.
Allison DeNero and Bri Wallis will be competing for the Tigers in individual races at BGSU on Friday. DeNero placed sixth overall in the 100-yard freestyle (58.74) and third in the 200-yard individual medley event (2:24.67). Wallis will continue her season after finishing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:58.32),and the 100-yard backstroke, where she finished third (1:07.19).
Galion’s 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams will be advancing as well. The 200-medley relay team finished fifth overall with a time of 2:05.50 and the 200-yard freestyle relay team took fourth with a time of 1:49.73.
Eagles swimmers headed to BGSU
MANSFIELD — The Lady Eagles will send three of their swimmers in individual races and all three of their relay teams to swim to Bowling Green.
Qualifying for districts for Colonel Crawford were: Jillianne Gregg in two events, the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Gregg was the sectional champion in the 50-free (25.21) and fifth in the fly (1:08.00). Pierce Krassow also qualified in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle to continue her postseason run. P.Krassow took sixth overall in the 50 (26.15) and fifth in the 100 (57.75). Drew Krassow is moving on in the 100-yard breaststroke after finishing in second place with a time of 1:12.44. The 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays will also take to the pool on Friday with a chance at advancing to the state swimming championships. Crawford took second place overall in the 200-medley relay (1:57.73), second in the 200-free relay (1:46.16) and second in the 400-free relay (4:12.22).
The boys squad from Colonel Crawford will have three district qualifiers on the individual level as well. Jake Johnson will see the pool on Friday to compete in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. J.Johnson took third in the 50-free (23.12) and second in the 100-breast (1:03.85). Nic Motter finished third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.04) and third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:18.87) to qualify for districts. Ken Fernandez will be moving on to action on Friday after his sixth place finish in the 500-free (5:38.36). The Eagles will also be sending their 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay teams to Bowling Green. Crawford’s 200-free relay finished sixth with a time of 1:41.27 to advance while the 400-free relay team grabbed fifth in a time of 3:39.47.