Hayes senior Brooke Glesenkamp qualified for today’s finals in three events, two individual races and one relay, to highlight what was a solid first day of the Division I Swimming and Diving Championships for area swimmers Friday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Glesenkamp secured the eighth-fastest time in the 100 freestyle prelims (52.05 seconds) to ensure she’ll finish somewhere in the top eight in the state depending on how she does in today’s A final. No small task, but something she’s managed to do all four years at Hayes.
She also closed ninth in the 50 freestyle thanks to an effort of 23.85 seconds — an effort good enough to earn her a spot in today’s B final — and teamed up with Lauren Ertz, Valerie Keller and Kristen Puthoff to finish 12th in the 200 freestyle relay prelims (1:38.64).
Like Glesenkamp, Liberty junior Rachel Peroni advanced to a pair of individual finals. She qualified fifth in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 200 IM with respective times of 55.45 seconds and 2:06.88.
She also advanced in a pair of relays, joining forces with Kate Saczawa, Ally Braun and Lila Leary to finish ninth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.44) and 11th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.82).
Olentangy junior Benjamin Kuriger led the area boys, finishing with the third-fastest prelim time in the 100 butterfly (49.73 seconds) and fifth-fastest time in the 200 freestyle (1:40.48) to ensure a chance to swim in today’s A finals and earn a spot on the podium in two separate events (top 8 in the state).
Olentangy sophomore Bridget Parker, who finished 13th in the 200 freestyle (1:53.54) and 16th in the 500 freestyle (5:04.91), also punched a pair of tickets to today’s finals. Saczawa advanced as an individual, too, closing fifth in the 100 backstroke prelims (55.91 seconds).
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