by Mike Stirling
Tri-Valley swimmers tested their skills against some of the strongest teams in the central Ohio area as they participated in the Viking Classic in New Albany last Saturday. With impressive swims by many of the Scotties, the Dawgs finished fourth behind Watkins Memorial, Granville and River View in the 12 team event.
Relay races, once again, provided some swimming excitement as the girls team of Larissa Lynch, Katya Liber, Caroline Holmes and Clare Waggle were just edged out of third place in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. Teammates Caitlynn Wriston, Star Jacobs, Emma Robinson and Allie Norman and a third team of Kayley Harper, Laine Welker, Eve Davis and Rhiannon Shaw filled the lanes, both of whom turned-in new best times.
For the boys, the squad of Mikal Blackstone, Ben Jacoby, Keegan Bumpus and Bruno Ascariz finished a close fourth in their 2 00 Medley Relay to represent the Dresden school.
In the final two relays, the girls team of Clark, Mann, Liber and Lynch notched third in the 400 Free Relay with a new best time ahead of teammates Harper, Norman, Welker and Wriston. On the boys side, Bumpus, Dittmar, Jacoby and Allen came in fourth followed by teammates Kline, Blaine Cox, Jacobs-Bell and McDaniel.
Always an exciting race, the girls 50 Free was no exception in this meet. Scottie Caroline Holmes finished .18 ahead of her competition to win first for Tri-Valley followed by Katya Liber, Allie Norman, Eve Davis and Laine Welker. For the boys, top finisher was Bruno Ascariz followed by McDaniel, Dittmar and Kline.
Seryna Mann was the girls top finisher in the 100 Free followed by Harper and Shaw. Both Mann and Shaw swam new personal bests. On the boys side, Ascariz, Bumpus and Cox represented the Dawgs with all three swimming new personal best times.
The final freestyle events were the 200 Free and the 500 Free. Representing the boys were Jacobs-Bell, Dittmar and McDaniel in the 200 and the girls were represented by Clark, Mann, Liber and Harper. Both Clark and Mann had personal best times.
In the 500, Caroline Holmes outdistanced her competition by 40 seconds and led teammates Wriston, Davis and Welker to the touch pads to finish in first place. Setting a new personal best in the 500 for the boys was senior Ben Jacoby who finished just out of second place as he posted an impressive time of 5:44.63, nearly 18 seconds off his previous best time. He was followed by Jacob Merry and Sean Lacy.
Senior Eric Allen led the way in the 200 IM as he finished fourth for the Scotties followed by Will Kline, Nathan Sauerbrey and Blaine Cox. Star Jacobs posted a new personal best in the girls 200 IM. Also swimming in this event were teammates Wriston and Shaw.
With the third of Tri-Valleys first place finishes, Larissa Lynch touched the wall nearly 18 seconds ahead of her competition in the 100 Butterfly ahead of teammates Clark, Waggle and Robinson. For the boys, Keegan Bumpus came in fourth ahead of teammates Merry and Blackstone in the 100 Fly.
Lynch was not finished yet, as she came back to finish third in the 100 Backstroke followed by teammate Allie Norman. On the boys side, Senior Eric Allen was the top Scottie finisher followed by Blackstone and Jacobs-Bell. Clare Waggle was back in the water to represent Tri-Valley in the 100 Breaststroke where she finished ninth out of nearly 30 swimmers. Teammates Star Jacobs and Emma Robinson were part of that overall group. Ben Jacoby was the top finisher for the Dawgs in the 100 Breaststroke followed by Sean Lacy and Nathan Sauerbrey.
As reported by Coach Christi Holmes, the team had a great outing as many swimmers posted improved times as they work toward the final events of the 2018-19 swim season. Next up for the Scotties is a meet at the MRC on Wednesday, January 9.