By Ben Stroup
Hayes’ Brooke Glesenkamp broke one meet record and came within a fraction of a second from breaking another en route to winning a pair of events at Saturday’s Worthington Sectional swim meet.
The rest of the Pacers did pretty well, too, as the girls nabbed sectional runner-up honors and the boys finished third.
Glesenkamp won the 50 and 100 freestyles in respective times of 24.25 and 53.42 seconds — the latter setting a new meet record.
Teammate Kristen Puthoff also made quite a splash, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:58.03.
The duo was also solid as part of a pair of district-qualifying relay teams. The Pacers’ 200-yard freestyle relay team (Danielle Ward, Marisa Sulek, Puthoff and Glesenkamp) earned second-place points in 1:41.39 and the 400 freestyle relay team (Ward, Valerie Keller, Puthoff and Glesenkamp) finished second in 3:43.57.
Hayes finished second in the team standings with 203 points. New Albany won the sectional crown with 310. Buckeye Valley’s girls finished 10th with 22 and Big Walnut’s closed 13th with eight.
In boys’ action, Hayes finished third with 148 points — a mark boosted by Thomas Blackwood’s runner-up showing in the 100 backstroke (58.34 seconds).
Remington Curtin and Craig Klumpp also did their part to pad the Pacers’ point total. Curtin finished third in the 50 (22.54 seconds) and 100 freestyles (49.80 seconds) while Kumpp closed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.06).
Big Walnut’s Wesley Hammond and Dominic Carifa also made some noise. Hammond closed second in the 500 freestyle in 5:03.35 and Carifa finished third in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.92 and tied for third in the 100 butterfly in 55.61 seconds.
New Albany’s boys joined the girls as sectional champs, finishing with 225 points. Big Walnut finished 10th with 71.5 while Buckeye Valley closed 16th with one point.
Liberty’s boys finished fourth with 133 points, Orange closed sixth with 120 and Olentangy ended up eighth with 102 at Saturday’s CSG Sectional swim meet in Columbus.
The Patriots were powered by their 200 medley relay team (Jack Saczawa, Michael Racke, Turner Schade and James Loftus), which picked up first-place points in 1:40.91 — a mark two seconds away from breaking a meet record.
The quartet also combined to finish third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:24.60).
Saczawa also finished second in the 100 backstroke (53.08 seconds) and third in the 100 butterfly (53.71 seconds) while Loftus finished third in the 50 freestyle (21.79 seconds).
The Pioneers were led by Mason Reid, who finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:49.12). Nicholas Chugh also swam well, finishing second in the 500 freestyle (4:59.24).
The Braves, meanwhile, were boosted by Benjamin Kuriger’s second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:00.41).
On the girls’ side, Liberty finished third with 242 points, Olentangy was fifth with 170 and Orange closed eighth with 118.
Lila Leary and Rachel Peroni sparked the Patriots. Leary won the 500 freestyle (5:13.38) after finishing third in the 100 butterfly (59.93 seconds) while Peroni won the 200 IM (2:12.94) and finished second in the 100 butterfly (58.73 seconds).
Liberty’s 400 freestyle relay team (Ally Braun, Abby Noonan, Leary and Peroni) also picked up first-place points (3:39.82).
Other Patriot standouts included Noonan, who closed third in the 50 freestyle (25.16 seconds); Justine Kenny, who was second in the 100 backstroke (59.63 seconds); the 200 freestyle relay team (Braun, Noonan, Leary and Peroni), which finished second (1:41.96); and the 200 freestyle relay team (Braun, Noonan, Leary and Peroni), which also finished second (1:41.96).
Natalie Johnson led the Pioneers, winning the 200 freestyle (1:58.51) and finishing second in the 500 freestyle (5:15.64). Alyssa Haidet also swam well, finishing second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.77).
The Braves were led by their 200 freestyle relay team (Abbigale Newman, Grace Horstman, Olivia Gollmar and Ellie Nebraska), which won its event in 1:41.65. Their 400 freestyle relay team (Nebraska, Liz Passias, Bridget Parker and Newman) was also solid, finishing second (3:42.77); and the 200 medley relay team (Horstman, Parker, Gollmar and Passias) finished third (1:55.41).
Individually, Newman won the 50 freestyle (24.58 seconds) and Nebraska finished second in the 100 freestyle (54.27 seconds).
Morgan Stewart led all bowlers with a 651 as Buckeye Valley easily punched a ticket to the district rung of competition over the weekend, finishing third with a combined 3,342 during the Division II Sectional Tournament Saturday at HP Lanes.
Stewart finished with games of 257, 187 and 207 to give her a grand total more than 100 pins better than the second-best individual.
Carly Kelley also finished in the top 10 among individuals, closing seventh with a combined 517.