Swimming: Tigers outswim Spartans

By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com

The Galion swimming team defeated Pleasant at a home dual meet Wednesday evening.

In all, Galion grabbed 12 first-place finishes, and seven second- and five third-place finishes, which led the way to a grand total of 95 points between the girls and boys.

The Tigers won 56-32. Eli Skaggs led the boys team with a pair of wins in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke.

“Eli’s 100 (yard) butterfly was a new team record in 54.03,” said Galion head swimming coach Ted Temple.

Also grabbing first place were Sam Rigdon (200 IM, 200 freestyle), Conner Lucas (50, 500 free), Clay Karnes (100 butterfly) and Luke Eisnaugle (200 free).

In relays, the boys’ 200 medley team of Skaggs, Eisnaugle, Karnes and Rigdon recorded a 1:53.61 for first place. The four also took first in the 400 free relay (3:46.74).

The Lady Tigers lost 51-39. Allison DeNero was a double winner with wins in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly, while Bri Wallis won the 100 free.

Wallis, Sari Conner, Alexis Link and DeNero notched second in the girls’ 400 free relay (4:28.68).

The Spartans finished with a grand total of 83 points.

Galion will compete in the Ned Reeb Invitational at the Ohio State University’s McCorkle Center. The team will travel to compete against Lexington in Mansfield on Dec. 15.

Colonel Crawford Eagles

The Colonel Crawford swimming team lost to host Lexington Wednesday evening.

In all, the host school grabbed 10 first-place finishes, as well as eight second- and 11 third-place finishes, which led the way to a grand total of 157 points between the girls and boys.

The Lady Eagles tallied 82 points. Grabbing first place were Chloe Grove (200, 500 free) and Callie Ruffener (50, 100 free).

The girls also won two relay events. Ruffener, Madison Sharp, Grove and Jillianne Gregg finished the 200 free relay in 1:45.27, while Sharp, Pierce Krassow, Grove and Ruffener won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:54.18.

Colonel Crawford’s boys totaled 75 points. Taking first individually were Grant Pfeifer (200, 500 free) and Jake Johnson (100 breaststroke).

In relays, the boys 200 free team of Jacob Roesch, Ryan Johnson, Jake Johnson and Pfeifer recorded a 1:39.09 for first place.

The Colonel Crawford swim team will compete in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Saturday and will host its own relays on Dec. 19.

Bucyrus Redmen, Wynford Royals

The Mansfield Senior swimming team defeated Wynford (97-15) and host Bucyrus (88-46) in separate dual meets Tuesday evening.

But the Redmen defeated the Royals 55-30 that evening.

In all, Bucyrus grabbed seven first-place finishes. The Lady Redmen defeated the Lady Royals 47-15 but lost to Mansfield Senior 41-38. Grabbing first were Claire Miller (200 free), Samantha Murtiff (100 free, 200 IM), Francisca Thompson (50 free) and Emmelia Bloomfield (100 backstroke).

Bucyrus’ girls notched second in the 200 medley relay (2:39.03) and 200 free (2:33.56).

The Redmen lost to Wynford (15-8) and Mansfield Senior (47-8). Blaise Bloomfield won the 100 backstroke in 1:19.17 and the 200 free (2:27.53).

The Lady Royals also lost to Mansfield Senior 48-9.

Hannah Crabtree notched the top spot for Wynford’s girls in the 100 breaststroke (1:58.06).

For the Royals, Josh Rose recorded 33.78 for third in the 50 free, while Zoltan Feldman placed third in the 100 free (1:31.65) and Bradley Watkins recorded 1:31.49 for third in the 100 backstroke.

Bucyrus and Wynford will both compete against each other and River Valley in Marion on Saturday.

By Brandon Klein


Reach Klein at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Reach Klein at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.