Area swimmers shine at sectionals


By Ben Stroup - [email protected]



Olentangy’s girls swimming and diving team took top honors in six individual events and two relays to highlight the Division I sectional championship meet Saturday afternoon in Delaware.

The Braves were boosted by Regan Blythe, who won the 50 freestyle (25.34 seconds); Regan Kauderer, who picked up first-place points in the 100 free (55.33 seconds); Anna McGrath, who won the 200 free (1:54.20) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.42); and Martina Peroni, who earned sectional bragging rights in the 100 butterfly (56.08 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:05.25).

Olentangy’s other wins came in the 200 freestyle relay (Kauderer, McGrath, Cameron Kuriger and Peroni) and 400 freestyle relay (Blythe, Kuriger, Kauderer and Peroni), closing first with respective efforts of 1:40.77 and 3:38.54.

Olentangy Berlin and Olentangy Orange also picked up wins. The Bears’ top point producers included Jin-Jae Robinson, who took top honors in the 500 free (5:19.28); and Audrey Butcher, who won the 100 backstroke (59.34 seconds). The Pioneers, meanwhile, picked up a win in the 200 medley relay as Lauren Moorhead, Ella Longhouse, Kayla Fisher and Alexandria Knodel teamed up to take top honors in 1:54.69.

In boys’ action, Berlin’s Ben Coverdale and Brogan Robinson were both multi-event winners. Coverdale won the 50 free (21.66 seconds) and 100 butterfly (51.52 seconds) while Robinson picked up first-place points in the 100 breaststroke (56.16 seconds) and 200 IM (1:51.15).

Orange’s Tucker Lambert won the 100 free (48.31 seconds) and 100 backstroke (52.84 seconds), Olentangy’s Max McAlister won the 200 free (1:47.07) and the Braves’ Brody Van Frayen won the 500 free (4:58.16).

In the relays, Olentangy won the 200 free (1:33.74), Orange won the 400 free (3:19.43) and Berlin secured a sectional crown in the 200 medley (1:38.60).

Worthington Sectional

Delaware Hayes’ girls dominated the freestyle events, winning all four while taking top honors in both freestyle relays during the first session of the Worthington sectional on Friday night.

Mackenzie Carter won the 50 free (24.32 seconds), Natalie Fiant won the 100 free (55.67 seconds), Ashley Sallows won the 200 free (1:59.74) and Kaitlyn Sallows won the 500 free (5:06.82).

The Pacers also picked up a win in the 100 butterfly, 200 IM and 200 medley relay. Kailyn Smith took top honors in the butterfly event (58.98 seconds) while Kaitlyn Sallows won the 200 IM (2:08.73).

Hayes’ boys picked up a win of their own as Kaden Gannon captured a sectional title in the 50 free in 22.31 seconds.

Big Walnut also competed in the opening session. The Golden Eagles’ best finish came in the 500 free, where John Wion finished second in 4:58.01.

Upper Arlington Sectional

Hudson Williams won the 50 free (20.67 seconds) and 100 backstroke (50.11 seconds), Gavin Weis nabbed runner-up honors in the 200 free (1:45.68) and Jack Franz finished second in the 500 free (4:46.65) to lead the Olentangy Liberty boys swimming and diving team at Saturday’s D-I sectional meet in Upper Arlington.

The Patriots also won the 400 freestyle relay (3:10.78) to pad their point total.

Morgan Hofmeister led Liberty’s girls, finishing second in the 500 free (5:09.64) and third in the 200 IM (2:10.61).

Marion Sectional

Alison Vaulx won the 50 free (25.10 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:01.30), Gabrielle Oyster won the 100 backstroke (1:11.61), Hayden Allen closed second in the 200 free (2:32.40) and Chloe Coss earned runner-up honors in the 500 free (6:18.92) to lead Buckeye Valley’s girls swimming and diving team at Saturday’s D-II sectional showcase in Marion.

BV also won the 200 freestyle relay (1:53.73) and 200 medley relay (2:06.90).

The boys’ best finish came in the 100 breaststroke, where Alex Tseng nabbed first-place points in 1:04.32.

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By Ben Stroup

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