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Chieftains send 10 swimmers to districts

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Bellefontaine’s boys and girls swim teams qualified 10 different swimmers from the Trotwood-Madison sectional Saturday to this week’s district meet.

The Chieftain qualifiers will compete at Miami University on Friday and Saturday in the district competition.

“The entire team swam well, posting many personal-best times to complete a strong season,” said BHS head coach Sharon Gase. “I truly could not be more proud of this team. All of their hard work all season paid off and they deserve a great deal of credit. I am excited to see all of the qualifiers compete this week and attempt to reach new heights, possible podium appearances and new best times.”

Qualifying to the district meet for the BHS boys as individuals were Josh Haisley in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Isaiah Brady in the 100 butterfly and Evan Snapp in the 100 backstroke.

Bellefontaine also qualified the 200 freestyle relay of Andy Ames, Evan Snapp, Haisley and Brady and the 400 freestyle relay of Cayden DeMent, Kyle Harris, Brady and Snapp.

The Chieftain girls saw Jessica Miller advance as an individual in the 50 freestyle, while the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay teams of Miller, Shelby Phillips, Katie Vetorino and Emma Smith also advanced.

Bellefontaine’s boys finished ninth in the sectional team race with 136 points and the Chieftain girls were 10th with 45 points.

Versailles won the boys sectional title with 287 points and Tippecanoe was second with 269 points.

Oakwood dominated the girls meet with 512 points, while Kettering Alter took runner-up honors with 299 points.

Bellefontaine’s boys 200 freestyle relay earned the highest finish of the day in third with a time of 1:37.92. The 400 freestyle relay came in seventh with a time of 3:58.03.

“During the boys meet things were not going our way,” said Gase. “After the first relay, swimming a new best time that would have advanced the team to districts, we were disappointed to find out that we had been disqualified from the race due to a stroke infraction. While this would leave many swimmers down and out our swimmers stayed strong to send qualifiers from five of the remaining events.”

Individually, Brady placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.60, Haisley took fifth in the 100 freestyle in 51.89 and was sixth in the 50 freestyle in 23.64 and Snapp finished sixth in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:02.94.

For Bellefontaine’s girls, Miller finished eighth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.58. The 400 freestyle relay was eighth with a time of 4:13.65 and the 200 medley relay was 11th with a time of 2:08.58.

 “Both of the girls qualifying relay teams finished with new personal-best times,” said Gase. “The girls went in knowing they had a shot at districts with their current times, but that it would be close. They came out knowing that the new best times they swam set them up for a strong district appearance.”

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