By Ben Stroup
The Delaware Hayes girls swimming team posted its best finish in the Ned Reeb Memorial Invitational since the event started (1993), finishing eighth Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at The Ohio State University.
The Pacers’ point total, 147, was one of the highest they’ve had, too. The only time they’ve posted more was in 2013, when they finished ninth overall with 149.
Brooke Glesenkamp led the way, finishing fifth in the 100 freestyle (52.90 seconds) and sixth in the 200 free (1:56.31). She also helped the 200 freestyle relay team (Danielle Ward, Marisa Sulek, Kristen Puthoff and Glesenkamp) pick up fifth-place points (1:41.80).
Puthoff and Ward also made noise as individuals. Puthoff finished eighth in the 200 free (1:59.67) and 21st in the 100 backstroke (1:03.56). Ward, meanwhile, swam her way to 10th-place efforts in both the 200 free (1:59.93) and 100 butterfly (1:00.26).
The Liberty and Olentangy girls also had nice afternoons, finishing fifth and seventh with respective team scores of 197 and 178. Orange was also represented, finishing 21st with 57 points, while Village Academy finished 34th with 18 and Buckeye Valley closed 36th with five.
Olentangy senior Ellie Nebraska was one of the county’s two individual champions, winning the 200 IM in 2:06.17. She also finished third in the 100 backstroke (56.61 seconds).
Rachel Peroni led the Patriots, finishing fourth in the 100 butterfly (57.22 seconds).
Natalie Johnson paced the Pioneers, finishing second in the 500 free (5:07.34) and third in the 200 free (1:55.33), while Colleen Jaycox led the Barons with a 16th-place performance in the 100 backstroke (1:02.17).
In boys’ action, Olentangy finished 14th with 91 points, Liberty closed 18th with 70 and Orange was 32nd with eight.
Jack Saczawa powered the Patriots, winning the 100 backstroke (51.51 seconds). He also closed seventh in the 100 butterfly (53.08 seconds).
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