The DC Swim & Dive Team dove into the weekend with a Quad meet against Brookville, Miami East, and Troy Christian Friday evening. These three teams are quickly rising to the top of DII Southwest Ohio teams, but your Warriors were up to the challenge. Being out numbered by these three large teams, the mighty Warriors swam some of their best times of the season with every Warrior scoring points, and when the water settled, both the boys and girls teams finished 3rd overall.
Highlights of the quad meet include a 1st place finish by Grace Cox, Madison Gebhart, Betsy Lozan, and Kayla Landis in the girls 200 free relay, the boys 200 relay team of Jameson Vaughan, Max Johnson, Ben Geiss, and Andrew Simmons posting their fastest time of the season with a 1:55.02, Kayla Landis, overcoming shoulder problems to finish 2nd in the 50 Free, and Jameson Vaughan breaking the :30 second mark in the boys 50 Free. Numorous top five finishes, along with several personal best times by individual Warriors made the meet a joyous success for all.
Saturday night found the Warriors taking on the best of the best in the Bellbrook Invitational. This meet not only featured teams that routinely find themselves at the state meet in Bellbrook, Oakwood, and Waynesville, but also had diving at this meet and Kaley Pook did not disappoint! Kaley twisted and somersaulted her way to a 1st place finish! Kaley is peaking at the right time. Last week, she competed in the “Classic” which every school in Southwest Ohio competes. Kaley qualified from the Trotwood site to compete in the finals down in Cincinnati against the best Div I and Div II divers. There, she finished a very impressive 7th place.
For your DC swimmers, the Bellbrook meet would be a challenge, but in true Warrior spirit, the team dug deep and competed for every placing, never giving up or phoning it in. This was never more evident than in the last event, the grueling 400 free relay. First up was the girls B relay team of Betsy Lozan, Kaley Pook, Morgan Pook, and Sophie Reynolds. Seeded 13th, they were not expected to finish in the top 10, let alone score points, but your Warriorettes of the Water, doing what coach Wiggershaus asks of each swimmer to just do your best and never give up, swam to an incredible 7th place finish! Next up was the girls A relay team of Brooke Darkow, Madison Gebhart, Alyssa Colon, and Grace Cox found themselves in the final heat all the way over in lane 8 with a seed time of 8th overall. From Brooke, to Madison, to Alyssa, to Grace, each girl gave it all they had for an impressive and exciting 4th place finish! Finally, the boys team of Collin Casto, Max Johnson, Ben Geiss, and Andrew Simmons found themselves in a very difficult situation. Facing some state calliber teams in this event, they found themselves swimming from behind, but again, the Warrior Pride started to surface and the boys realized they could overcome some of the competition, and that they did, coming from way behind to defeat the team from Wilmington. Coach Wiggershaus could not be prouder of the guys, being the last heat, of the last event of the meet, the guys could have just gone through the motion and swam their legs, but they fought to the end and finished the meet on a positive note.
When scores were tabulated, the boys finished in 10th place and the girls, a head turning 5th place! Had we been at full strength, the girls would have been able to overcome the team from Waynesville for 4th place which would have been huge. Below is a complete listing of the top 15 finishes in each event.
The team would like to invite you to save the date of Saturday, February 6th, and support YOUR Warriors in the Metro Buckeye Conference Meet at Trotwood High School, 6:45pm. The team will be taking on league rivals Miami Valley, Troy Christian, Xenia Christian, and Yellow Springs for league honors. Each team has state level competitors on their teams so this will be a great display of swimming at its best. The meet will also serve as our Senior Recognition Night where Grace Cox, Madison Gebhart, Emily Golich, Kayla Landis, and Morgan Pook will be swimming their last league meet and swimming to defend their league title from last year.
Bellbrook Invitational Top 15 Finishes:
200 Medley Girls – 6th Place
Alyssa Colon, Kayla Landis, Brooke Darkow, Grace Cox
200 Medley Boys – 10th Place
Brandon Dellinger, Ben Geiss, Andrew Simmons, Jameson Vaughan
200 Freestyle Girls – 6th Place
200 IM Girls – 12 Place
200 IM Boys – 7th Place
50 Freestyle Girls – 2nd Place
8th Place –
Diving Girls – 1ST PLACE
100 Freestyle Girls – 9th Place
200 Free Relay Girls – 3rd Place
Brooke Darkow, Morgan Pook, Grace Cox, Kayla Landis
Madison Gebhart, Emily Golich, Sophie Reynolds, Betsy Lozan
200 Free Relay Boys – 10th
Jameson Vaughan, Max Johnson, Ben Geiss, Andrew Simmons
Backstroke Girls – 9th Place
Breastrstoke Girls – 11th Place
Breaststroke Boys – 14th Place
400 Free Relay – Girls – 4th Place
Brooke Darkow, Madison Gebhart, Alyssa Colon, Grace Cox
Betsy Lozan, Kaley Pook, Morgan Pook, Sophie Reynonlds
400 Free Relay Boys – 11th Place
Collin Casto, Max Johnson, Ben Geiss, Andrew Simmons