Another year, another busy March weekend for the Delaware Riptide swim team.
The squad will have a total of 26 standouts competing in individual and relay events at the Great Lakes Zone YMCA Swimming Championship at Bowling Green State University, which is set to start today and run through Sunday.
“This year’s qualifying times were faster than in years past, so we are pleased to maintain our number of qualifiers,” Riptide coach Axel Birnbrich said. “All of our age groups are represented, from 10-and-unders through high school, and several swimmers are ranked among the fastest swimmers in the region.
“Connor Green is one to watch in the distance events, and Mackenzie Carter and Mason Miller in the 11-12 (age group) individual events. Also, we have several relays poised to score team points.”
Green, 13, will compete in the boys 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 1,000 free, 200 free, 100 backstroke and 1,650 free. He has seed times of 4:56.42 (500), 11:48.47 (1,000) and 17:45.52 (1,650) in the three freestyle races.
Miller and Carter, meanwhile, will compete in a combined 12 individual events — Miller in the boys 11-12 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, 50 butterfly and 100 backstroke and Carter in the girls 11-12 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, 50 back, 100 back and 50 fly.
Other individual qualifiers included Elizabeth Abahazi (girls 13-14 500 free and 100 back), Rylee Jarosz (girls 10U 50 breaststroke), Regan Kauderer (girls 11-12 50 free and 50 fly), Rena Ouyang (girls 13-14 200 IM, 50 and 100 butterfly events and 50 and 100 freestyles), Alison Vaulx (girls 10U 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, 100 IM and 50 fly), Max Miller (boys 13-14 100 and 200 breaststrokes) and Cameron Petitt (boys 10U 100 and 200 freestyles, 50 back, 100 IM and 50 fly).
Championship-qualifying relays included two girls 13-14 200 freestyle teams (the foursome of Ouyang, Brooke Kleinschmidt, Emily Abahazi and Elizabeth Abahazi and the team of Gianna Garnett, Kimberly Pamperin, Mikayla Seman and Maddie Richardson), the boys 13-14 200 free (Green, Max Miller, Carson Vaulx and Drake Bellisari), the girls 11-12 200 free (Carter, Kauderer, Ana Williams and Olivia Elliott), the girls 10U 200 free (Alison Vaulx, Natalie Fiant, Eva Taracko and Brooke Neininger), two girls 13-14 200 medley relay teams (the group of Seman, Richardson, Garnett and Emily Abahazi and the quartet of Elizabeth Abahazi, Kleinschmidt, Ouyang and Sarah Worster), the boys 13-14 200 medley (Philip Holst, Miller, Bellisari and Green), the girls 11-12 200 medley (Carter, Sarah Houck, Kauderer and Ana Williams) and the girls 10U 200 medley team (Taracko, Jarosz, Alison Vaulx and Fiant).
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