Liberty wins Delaware County Classic; Hayes girls finish 2nd

Ben Stroup Sports Editor

December 23, 2013

Saturday’s Delaware Swimming and Diving Classic was just that … a classic — one which highlighted the kind of talent Delaware County has to offer.

Olentangy Liberty captured some of the spotlight, winning both divisions with a combined 878 points. The girls scored a meet-best 470 points while the Patriot boys took top honors on their side of things with 408.

Other top team honors belonged to Hayes and Olentangy, which finished second and third in the girls’ division with respective point totals of 363 and 355. The second-place finish by Hayes’ girls was their best-ever showing in the event. The Olentangy boys also nabbed a top-three finish with a score of 387.

Individual headliners were abundant, too, as 11 meet records and seven high school pool marks were broken at the event, which was hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.

Among those who broke meet and pool records were four relay teams and three individuals, athletes hailing from three different schools.

Individual record breakers included Hayes’ Brooke Glesenkamp on the girls’ side and Village Academy’s Reed McGraw and Olentangy’s Keanan Fomich on the boys’ end. Glesenkamp, just a freshman, won the 50-yard freestyle in a meet- and pool-record 25.05 seconds while McGraw won the 200 IM in 1:59.27 and Fomich took top honors in the 100 backstroke in :54.38.

Record-breaking relays included three Olentangy teams and another from Hayes. The Pacers’ standout showing came from the 200 freestyle quartet of Glesenkamp, Brittany Puthoff, Regan DeWitt and Samantha Curtin, which finished in 1:41.40 to break a meet and pool record. The Olentangy teams, two on the boys’ side and one on the girls’, inlcuded the 200 freestyle team of Winston Kuriger, Colby Brothers, Fomich and Tyler Norris, which won in a record time of 1:30.35; the 400 freestyle foursome of Kuriger, Norris, Andrew Davis and Fomich, which won in 3:21.00; and the girls’ 400 relay team of Ellie Nebraska, Erika Poling, Mara Nebraska and Kaylyn Cochran, which won its event in 3:42.80.

Other record-breaking showings belonged to Curtin, who won the 200 freestyle in a meet-record 2:00.77; Westerville Central’s Gabe Whitaker, who won the 100 freestyle in :49.09; McGraw, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.47; and Central’s boys’ 200 medley relay team, which won its event in 1:43.69.

Other top showings belonged to Liberty’s girls’ 200 medley relay team (Justine Kenny, Bailee Braun, Caroline Racke and Reilly Haas), which picked up first-place points with a time of 1:55.59; Kuriger, who won the 200 freestyle in 1:50.14; DeWitt, who won the 200 IM in 2:16.75; Hayes’ Anthony Hinton, who won the boys’ 50 freestyle in 22:04 seconds; Olentangy’s Colleen McHugh, who won the girls’ 1-meter diving event with a score of 243.15; Liberty’s Alex Kowal, who won the boys’ 1-meter diving competition with a score of 231.55; Liberty’s Jack Saczawa, who won the boys’ 100 butterfly in 55.44 seconds; Glesenkamp, who won the 100 freestyle in 54.61 seconds; DeWitt, who won the 500 freestyle in 5:25.18; Norris, who won the boys’ 500 freestyle in 5:01.62; Buckeye Valley’s Colleen Jaycox, who won the girls’ 100 backstroke in 1:02.24; and Puthoff, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.06.

Rounding out the girls’ team scores were Central with 280 to finish fourth, Orange with 262, Village Academy with 97, Buckeye Valley with 35 and Big Walnut with 29. Central’s boys took runner-up honors in their division, finishing with 389 points while Olentangy had 387, Hayes 296, Orange 233 and Village Academy and Buckeye Valley with 40 apiece.