Wapakoneta Redskins senior Sydni Turner swims Thursday in a high school meet against the Minster Wildcats and the Indian Lake Lakers at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)
After the Western Buckeye League Championships were postponed to Wednesday of this week, the Wapakoneta Redskins had to deal with a meet being scheduled on back-to-back days, as their final regular season swim meet, their home finale, was held Thursday at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.
The Redskins experimented with different lineups throughout the night.
On the boys side, Wapakoneta beat Minster, 59-25, and crushed Indian Lake, 61-11.
In the girls meet, the Redskins topped Minster, 55-38, and demolished Indian Lake, 77-11.
“I thought our kids came back pretty well. I wasn’t sure how they would be after a long day yesterday and a hard swim,” Wapakoneta coach Mark Law said. “We were pretty impressed with how our kids bounced back. We had some good times. The kids swam some different events."
Because of the rearranged lineups, Wapakoneta set 22 different personal records Thursday between the boys and girls teams.
“I didn’t really look hard at the times,” Law said. “I was watching the kids enjoy their last home meet.”
The Redskins’ quartet of Michael Zwez, Wesley Ruedebusch, Ryan Schneider and Hayden Metzger took first in the 200-yard medley relay Thursday, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 52.21 seconds.
Charlie Sutton won the 50 freestyle with a mark of 22.45, Schneider won the 100 butterfly at 59.54 and Ruedebusch took first in the 500 free at 5:35.80.
Sutton (49.69) and Metzger (56.05) claimed the first two spots in the 100 free.
Sam Harrod (2:14.30) and Zac Neumeier (2:24.13) were the top two finishers in the 200 free.
Schneider (1:02.72) and Ruedebusch (1:03.01) held the first two places in the 100 backstroke.
Wapak accounted for the top two relay teams in the 200 free.
Kaleb Miller, Metzger, Nick Steinke and Sutton (1:37.00) posted the top time, while Neumeier, Cody Benny,
Travis Fisher and Jalen Bowersock (1:50.74) placed second.
Sutton, Miller, Ruedesbusch and Zwez (3:38.30) claimed first in the 400 free relay.
Metzger (1:12.40) won the 100 breaststroke.
The Redskins’ team of Jordyn Law, Mya Hager, Sierra Sammons and Hannah Davis posted a first-place effort in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2 minutes, 1.77 seconds.
Law, Mya Hager, Sammons and Josie Miller took first in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:46.14.
Law won the 100 free at 58.78.
Sammons, Law, Davis and Miller won the 400 free relay at 4:00.50.
Haley Kinstle won the 200 individual medley at 2:34.11.
Miller (25.76) and Sammons were 1-2 in the 50 free. Miller also won the 100 butterfly at 1:02.30.
Monica Metzger (2:39.72) took second in the 200 free.
Taylor Hager (1:11.62) was runner-up in the butterfly.
Mya Hager (1:13.68) and Taylor Hager (1:23.15) were 2-3 in the 100 breaststroke.
Kinstle (1:02.68) and Julia Pepple (1:12.12) were also 2-3 in the 100 backstroke.
Law said Kayla Neumeier handpicked her two events Thursday, the 200 and the 500, races she had never swam before.
Neumeier was third (7:31.93) in the 500.
“She swam the 500 and the 200 for the first time tonight,” Law said Thursday. “For her last meet, those are the two events she picked, and she did a good job. It was the first time she swam both of those.”
The Redskins will begin preparation for the postseason, as they will next compete Feb. 8 in a Division II, Northwest District sectional meet at the Lima YMCA.
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