Brooke Glesenkamp finished third in a pair of events and Kristen Puthoff had a pair of top-10 finishes of her own to lead the Delaware Hayes girls swim team to a seventh-place showing at Saturday’s ultra-competitive Ned Reeb Memorial Invitational at OSU.
Glesenkamp shined in her signature sprinting events, picking up third-place points in the 50 and 100 freestyles in respective times of 23.92 and 52.88 seconds.
Puthoff, meanwhile, made her mark in the longer freestyle races, finishing sixth in the 200 (1:57.75) and seventh in the 500 (5:18).
The duo also helped a pair of relay teams nab top-10 finishes. They joined Lauren Ertz and Val Keller to finish fourth in the 200-freestyle relay (1:40.30) and teamed up with Dani Ward and Keller to finish seventh in the 400-freestyle relay (3:43.12).
Ward had a top-10 performance as an individual, too, closing ninth in the 100 butterfly (59.72 seconds).
Liberty freshman Kate Saczawa was the county’s lone champion, winning the 100 backstroke in 55.90 seconds.
Other area standouts included Olentangy’s Bridget Parker, who closed second in the 500 freestyle (5:07.74) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:54.19); Liberty’s Lila Leary, who finished fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:10.31) and eighth in the 100 butterfly (59.60 seconds); Liberty’s Rachel Peroni, who nabbed runner-up honors in the 100 butterfly (55.82 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:07.46); and Village Academy’s Sheridan Ave, who finished 10th in the 100 butterfly (1:00.38).
Liberty and Olentangy, which finished sixth and 10th in the overall team standings, respectively, also padded their point totals with top-10 showings in the 200- and 400-freestyle relays.
Hayes was solid at Saturday’s Ned Reeb Memorial Invitational at OSU, finishing 16th among the 57 teams in action.
The Pacers had two top-10 finishes when all was said and done. Andrew Parker, Noah Planisek, Kael Gannon and Remy Curtin combined to finish eighth in the 200-freestyle relay (1:31.60) and Craig Klumpp finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.31).
Other area top-10 finishes belonged to Olentangy’s Ben Kuriger, who closed third in the 200 IM (1:53.80) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:44.76); and Liberty’s Michael Racke, who finished 10th in the 100 freestyle (50.10 seconds).
Olentangy’s 400-freestyle relay team also finished in the top 10, closing ninth in 3:24.21.
All the county teams — Olentangy, Orange, Liberty, Hayes, Buckeye Valley, Big Walnut and Village Academy — return to action this week at the 11th annual Delaware County Classic. The diving portion of the competition is slated for today at 7 p.m. with the swimming set for Wednesday at 5 p.m.
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