Olentangy’s Cameron Kuriger and Olentangy Berlin’s Brogan Robinson won events to lead their respective teams at Friday and Saturday’s Ned Reeb Invitational at OSU’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Kuriger helped the Braves’ girls team to a ninth-place finish in the final team standings — the best among the five Delaware County teams which scored in the showcase — with a win in the 100 butterfly.
She touched in 55.78 seconds — a mark a tenth of a second faster than the one Gahanna Lincoln’s Marie Belli posted to nab runner-up honors.
Berlin’s Grace Butcher and Olentangy’s Martina Peroni also made some serious noise, finishing second in the 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle, respectively. Butcher was less than half a second behind Freemont Ross’ Alexis Prenzlin in the championship final of the 100 breaststroke (1:03.97) while Peroni finished a fraction of a second out of the top spot in the 200 free (1:51.64).
Olentangy finished with 124.5 points to earn its ninth-place spot. Delaware Hayes, which got a sixth-place showing from Mackenzie Carter in the 50 freestyle, was 11th with 107, Berlin finished 13th with 93, Olentangy Orange was 19th with 45 and Olentangy Liberty closed 37th with eight.
On the boys’ side, Liberty closed eighth with 153 points to earn the best local finish. Berlin was 11th with 110.5 points, Olentangy finished 13th with 71, Hayes was 24th with 30 and Olentangy Orange finished 29th with 15.
Robinson won the 500 free in 4:42.47 and finished third in the 200 individual medley in 1:56.44.
The Patriots got a win from their 200 freestyle relay team, which combined to finish in 1:25.97.
Lucas Uliano, Dylan Russo and Kaden Tong all had first-place finishes to lead the Olentangy Liberty wrestling team to a win in its own tournament, the Liberty Classic, Friday and Saturday in Powell.
Uliano won in the 138-pound division, Russo in 195 and Tong in 220 to lead the Patriots, who had eight medalists as a team to win the 27-team tournament with a score of 197, narrowly beating out Medina Highland (195.5).
Corbin May (170) took home top honors and Emmett Cain (160) finished second for Delaware Hayes, which finished third with 153.5 points.
Zack Miller (138) scored a first-place finish for Olentangy Orange, which scored 81 points as a team to tie Shaker Heights for 13th place.
Corey Hill (170) finished third to lead Olentangy Berlin, which finished 18th with 58 points.
Big Walnut Classic
Ryan Colletta finished first in 160 pounds to lead host Big Walnut, which finished sixth out of 13 teams at the Big Walnut Classic on Saturday in Sunbury.
Max Lenz (285) took home second for the Eagles, who finished with 154.5 points behind tournament champion Northmor (235.0).
Ethan Szanati (132) led Buckeye Valley with a second-place finish. The Barons finished ninth with 70.0 points.
Four players scored in double figures to help host Buckeye Valley cruise to a 76-48 win over Linden McKinley in non-league play Saturday in Delaware.
Dylan Herbert scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half to lead the Barons (4-0), who led 43-21 at the break.
Max Stokey scored 14 points, Dylan Thompson added 13 and Jake Radcliffe chipped in 12 for BV.