By Ben Stroup
Liberty swam to county supremacy Saturday, as both teams nabbed top honors during the 10th annual Delaware County Swimming and Diving Classic at Ohio Wesleyan’s Meek Aquatics Center.
The boys scored more points than any other team in action, finishing with 542.50. Olentangy was a distant second in boys’ action, closing with 348.50 points, while Orange smoothed out the top three with 343.
Hayes (272), Westerville Central (215) and Buckeye Valley (53) rounded out the scoring summary.
The Patriots were powered by the 200-yard medley relay team (Jack Saczawa, Michael Racke, Turner Schade and James Loftus), which won in 1:41.21; Schade, who won the 200 IM in 2:10.33; Loftus, who won the 50 free in 22.64 seconds; Cameron Thatcher, who picked up first-place points in the 1-meter diving event with a final score of 317.45; Saczawa, who won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke in respective times of 53.39 and 52.49 seconds; and the 400 freestyle relay team (Schade, Loftus, Racke and Saczawa), which won its event in 3:23.52.
Other standouts included Olentangy’s Winston Kuriger, who won the 100 and 200 freestyles in 48.44 seconds and 1:48.47, respectively; the Braves’ Benjamin Kuriger, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.93; and the Orange 200 freestyle relay team (Ronak Tripathy, Cullen Dickson, Evin Cogan and Everett Halverson), which won in 1:38.77.
In girls’ action, Liberty won with 516 points, Hayes finished second with 352 and Olentangy closed third with 345. Westerville Central (299), Orange (248), Buckeye Valley (32) and Village Academy (30) capped off the list of team scores.
Patriot winners included the 200 medley relay team (Justine Kenny, Avery Venetta, Rachel Peroni and Abby Noonan), which secured a win in 1:55.17; Peroni, who won the 200 IM in 2:15.37 and 100 freestyle in 55.24 seconds; Morgan Menninger, who took top honors in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 255.70; Ally Braun, who won the 500 freestyle in 5:24.85; and Kenny, who won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.01.
Other winners included Orange’s Natalie Johnson in the 200 freestyle (1:59.15) and Hayes’ Brooke Glesenkamp in the 50 freestyle (24.32 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.07).
Hayes’ 200 freestyle relay team (Kristen Puthoff, Marisa Sulek, Danielle Ward and Glesenkamp) won in 1:43.46 and Olentangy’s 400 freestyle relay team (Ellie Nebraska, Bridget Parker, Kaylyn Cochran and Abbigale Newman) claimed county bragging rights in 3:46.42.
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