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Chieftain swimmers dunk Northland, Beechcroft

Bellefontaine’s boys and girls swim teams were victorious in their final home meet of the season Tuesday night.


ABOVE: From top to bottom, Bellefontaine’s Kyle Harris, Josh Robbins and Andrew Funderburgh compete in the boys 50 freestyle during a home meet Tuesday at the Hiliker Y. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Emma Smith competes in the girls 200 individual medley during a home meet Tuesday. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

The Chiefs won a tri-meet against Northland and Beechcroft.

Bellefontaine’s girls tallied 103 points, while Northland had 85 and Beechcroft had 37.

On the boys side, Bellefontaine rolled up 106 points. Northland was next with 91 and Beechcroft had 12.

BHS head coach Sharon Gase was pleased with the support her team received in its home finale.

“The team had an extremely strong turnout for the final meet of the season,” said Gase. “The stands being completely full and people standing throughout the pool area shows the respect and support this team has gained this season. I am so proud of the team and believe they have truly built a great team out of a group of hard working student athletes. I am excited to see further success throughout our postseason.”

Katie Vetorino, Emma Smith and Jessica Miller each recorded two individual wins and were part of two winning relay teams for the BHS girls.

Vetorino won the 200 freestyle (2:39.31) and the 100 butterfly (1:21.70), Smith finished first in the 200 individual medley (2:37.74) and first in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.69) and Miller was first in the 50 freestyle (26.46) and first in the 100 freestyle (1:00.67).

The 200 medley relay team of Smith, Miller, Vetorino and Shelby Phillips finished first (2:12.63) and the 400 freestyle relay of Phillips, Smith, Vetorino and Miller also placed first (4:21.47).

Adding second-place finishes were Phillips in the 50 freestyle (29.38) and 100 freestyle (1:05.05), Evelyn Belcher (1:25.61) and the 200 freestyle relay of Belcher, Erin Levine, Anya Smith and Leann Stallard (2:09.86).

Joshua Haisley and Evan Snapp fueled the Chieftain boys with a pair of individual victories.

Haisley won the 50 freestyle (23.96) and the 100 freestyle (53.21) and Snapp won the 200 freestyle (2:11.41) and 100 backstroke (1:06.57).

Isaiah Brady contributed a win in the 100 butterfly (1:01.10).

The 200 medley relay team of Haisley, Snapp, Brady and Andy Ames took first (1:55.01) and the 200 freestyle relay of Ames, Brady, Snapp and Haisley also finished first (1:38.19).

Adding second-place efforts were Kyle Harris in the 500 freestyle (6:29.72) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Cayden Dement, Adam Verbsky, Harris and Andrew Funderburgh (4:37.29).

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