On one of the few sunny days this summer, the Mount Gilead swim team traveled to Upper Sandusky to compete.
“Upper is the team most like us in our league. They have an outdoor pool, and most of their swimmers don’t compete year round. They have about 20 more swimmers on their roster and they can fill most events. It was a close meet. We won most events, but then they came back and would take second and third. What hurt us most is that we don’t have many 13-14 year old swimmers, so their wins in that age group clinched it,” reported coach Dina Snow.
The final score was 373-365, a difference of only 8 points.
“It was long meet, so as the night went on, we were getting nervous that we wouldn’t finish before it got dark!” said Snow. “The kids were also getting lots of mosquito bites, which doesn’t happen when we compete indoors!”
First place relay finishes were earned by: the 8-under boys medley and free relays (Jaxon Tinch, Brice Haughn, Carson Mowery and Hawke Littell); the 9-10 girls medley and free relays: (Keana Littell, Kyndra Irwin, Grace Mowery and Madison Hack); the 9-10 boys medley and free relays (Owen Philpot, Wesley Bush, Joel Conrad and Bradley West); the 11-12 girls medley relay (Kylie Irwin, Reagan Swihart, Adrianna Tinch and Taylor Robinson); the 11-12 boys medley and free relays (Eric Mowery, Tyler Knight, Isaiah Fisher and Mason Kidwell); the 13-14 boys medley relay (Xander Koller, Gavin Robinson, Sammie West and William West); the 15-18 girls medley and free relays (Cassidy Hack, Courtney West, Erin Zmuda and Shelby West); the 15-18 boys medley and free relays (Logan Conrad, Evan Zmuda, Casey Conrad and Daniel Freeman).
Second place relays were the 9-10 girls B free relay (Kyndra Irwin, Kamry Grandstaff, Shelba Fisher and Ryan Brinkman) and the 13-14 boys free relay (Koller, Robinson, S. West and W. West).
Individual first place points were scored by Ryan Brinkman, 25 fly; Wesley Bush, 25 breast; Casey Conrad, 100 fly and 200 free; Isaiah Fisher, 100 IM; Shelba Fisher, 25 free; 25 back and 25 breast; Cassidy Hack, 200 free; Kylie Irwin, 50 free, 100 free and 100 back; Kyndra Irwin, 50 free; Tyler Knight, 50 free and 50 breast; Carson Mowery, 25 fly; Eric Mowery, 100 free; Grace Mowery, 100 free, 25 breast; Owen Philpot, 50 free; Gavin Robinson, 100 free, 50 breast; Reagan Swihart, 100 IM, 25 back and 50 breast; Courtney West, 100 fly; Evan Zmuda, 100 back and 100 breast; and Erin Zmuda, 200 IM, 100 breast and 50 free;
Scoring additional points for MG in their individual events were Joel Conrad, Logan Conrad, Rachel Davis, Daniel Freeman, Kamry Grandstaff, Madison Hack, Brice Haughn, Kyndra Irwin, Mason Kidwell, Xander Koller, Hawke Littell, Keana Littell, Colton Long, Morgan Staley, Adriana Tinch, Jaxon Tinch, Sammie West, and William West.
The team wrapped up their season by competing in the TCAL League Championships on July 11. Results will be reported in next week’s Sentinel.
Information received from Dina Snow.