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Disqualification costs Wapakoneta league title

January 30, 2014

Wapakoneta Redskins sophomore Hannah Davis swims in the girls Western Buckeye League Championships at the Defiance Area YMCA on Wednesday. (Staff photo/Deb Zwez)

The Wapakoneta Redskins had the requisite points for a Western Buckeye League girls swimming and diving title Wednesday but were disqualified after a relay race in which they took first place.

Wapakoneta’s 200-yard freestyle relay team finished with a time of 1 minute, 42.46 seconds, which was 33 hundredths of a second ahead of Celina’s quartet.

The event win would have given Wapakoneta 32 points instead of zero, while Celina would have taken 26 points for second in the race.

“If we don’t get disqualified, we’re league champs,” Wapakoneta coach Mark Law said. “That was a hard pill to swallow. They know they swam lights out. They know they won that meet. I couldn’t ask anything else of them. In our hearts we know we swam better than the team that got first.”

Aside from the disqualification, Law felt Wednesday was a very strong day for his top swimmers at the Defiance Area YMCA.

“Our top five or six girls were great,” he said.

The Redskins opened the day with a win in the 200 medley relay as the team of Jordyn Law, Taylor Law, Sierra Sammons and Josie Miller won the race with a time of 1:54.25.

Taylor Law was the Redskins’ lone individual league champion after taking first place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.38.

Hannah Davis set a personal record in both of her individual events. She placed fourth (5:59.85) in the 500 free and seventh (2:11.80) in the 200 free.

Wednesday was the first time Davis finished in fewer than 6 minutes in the 500.

Haley Kinstle (2:29.43) was fourth in the 200 IM.

“Haley Kinstle and Hannah Davis had huge days for us,” Law said. “They really stepped up.”

Jordyn Law (1:03.63), Haley Kinstle (1:05.86) and Taylor Law (1:08.47) occupied spots 2 through 4 in the 100 backstroke.

Mya Hager (1:12.90) was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke. Josie Miller was third in the 50 free at 24.9.

Sammons (2:27.71) and Mya Hager (2:28.91) went 2-3 in the 200 yard individual medley.

Miller (56.00) and Sammons (57.83) finished 3-4 in the 100 free.

Jordyn Law (2:08.50) was third in the 200 free.

Wapak’s group of Taylor Hager, Mya Hager, Kinstle and Davis placed fourth in the 400 free relay with a time of 4:03.50.

In their first attempt to assist with winning a league championship, members of the Redskins team took their shots at the diving portion of the WBL championship meet for the first time last Thursday at the Defiance Area YMCA.

Katie Askins scored 185 points in the 1-meter diving competition. Her eighth-place finish gave Wapak five points in the team standings.

Lauren Klopfenstein was disqualified from the event Thursday.

The Redskins will attempt to regroup after Wednesday’s league meet in order to compete in a dual meet at 6 p.m. tonight with the Minster Wildcats at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.

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