Indian swimmers take to the pool


The Mount Gilead swim team hosted Marion Pleasant, Galion and Marion Harding on Saturday at the Marion Y. Galion won the meet overall. MG’s boys finished one point behind Pleasant due to several events not being filled.

“We had some great swims and close races, so it was a fun meet for us. We are just thankful to have had a decent season so far in the midst of Covid,” said coach Dina Snow. “I am a bit chagrined at losing to Pleasant by 1 point, but that’s what I get for letting the swimmers just swim their ‘comfortable’ races and not pushing them to try new things! Maybe this will really drive home the importance of not having unanswered points!

“One of the meet highlights was the MG boys medley relay!” exclaimed Snow. “They broke a record Saturday that they have been chasing for a few years! Joel Conrad also continues to set new records each week through his hard work and seeking out extra training during the summer and fall. All the new swimmers are also contributing to our point totals and stepping up in relays. It has been a very rewarding season so far for me as a coach.”

Scoring 1st place in relays were the boys’ 200 medley of Eric Mowery, Tyler Knight, Joel Conrad and Michael Snopik (new record) and the boys 400 free relay (Mason Kidwell, Eric Mowery, Michael Snopik and Joel Conrad).

Individual first place finishes: Joel Conrad, 200 Free. This was another new school record for Joel, who has broken at least six individual records this season alone. He also came in first in the 100 back. Also, Mason Kidwell, 100 fly; Michael Snopik, 50 free and 100 free; Emily Hanft, 500 free and Adriana Tinch, 100 back.

Second place relay finishes: girls 200 medley relay (Emily Hanft, Kamry Grandstaff, Adriana Tinch and Michaela McGill; Grandstaff, McGill, and Tinch teamed up with Taylor Robinson to score second in the 200 free relay as well. Tyler Knight, Mason Kidwell, Luke Fraizer and Seamus Walsh also earned second place points for the boys 200 free relay.

Second place individual finishes: Emily Hanft, 50 free; Eric Mowery, 100 back; and Kamry Grandstaff, 100 breast.

Also scoring additional points for MG were Taylor Robinson in the 200 free and 100 back, Hayden McClelland, 100 back; Luke Fraizer, 50 free and 100 breast; Kamry Grandstaff, 50 free; Adriana Tinch, 100 free; Eric Mowery, 100 free; Tyler Knight, 100 free and 100 breast; Ella Fraizer, 100 breast and Aydyn Newson, 100 breast.

Season bests set at the meet: Eric Mowery, 100 back; Ella Fraizer, 100 breast; Luke Fraizer, 50 free and 100 breast; Tyler Knight, 100 free; Mason Kidwell, 100 fly and Hayden McClelland, 100 back.

The Indians will compete in a rare “away” meet at Kenton on Jan. 21.